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Pakistan: Daily Emergency and Response Situational Information Report, 19 September 2014

Update includes the following:

Sindh Updates ............................................................................................................................................... 1

Sindh Safe Evacuation Updates by NDMA as of 19-9-2014 ................................................................ 1

Updates on Flood Situation in Sindh as of 16-9-2014......................................................................... 2

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Pakistan’s state of Punjab makes fortification mandatory

GAIN’s work in improving nutrition in Pakistan received a massive boost today with the announcement that the state of Punjab is making the fortification of wheat flour mandatory.

This success comes as a result of the Punjab Food Authority, part of the Government of Punjab, approving standards for wheat flour fortification.

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Pakistan's Baluchistan separatists demand Scots-style vote

09/19/2014 14:45 GMT

QUETTA, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Baluch separatist leaders on Friday called on Pakistan to follow in Britain's footsteps by holding a referendum similar to Scotland's on granting independence to the insurgency-wracked province.

Scots rejected independence in a vote that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign.

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GIEWS Update: Pakistan: Severe floods affect large numbers of people and cause agriculture damage

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• Severe floods in early September adversely affected the 2014 Kharif season cereal and cash crops, mainly in the key growing Punjab province.

• The floods caused loss of lives, displaced large numbers of population and affected nearly 2 million people.

• The Government of Pakistan is providing the flood-affected families food and non-food assistance.

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Pakistan: Daily Emergency and Response Situational Information Report, 18 September 2014

Update includes the following:

Sindh Updates ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 1

PDMA Sindh Updates ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 1

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Six polio cases confirmed

By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health confirmed another six polio cases on Thursday, raising the number of cases reported this year to 164.

A 13-month-old girl, of Mera Aka Khel in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, has been reported to have contracted the virus.

The second victim is an eight-month-old boy, of Aka Khel, also of Khyber Agency.

Two cases, a 12-month-old boy is from Razmak tehsil in North Waziristan and the other, a seven-month-old girl is from Wana tehsil in South Waziristan.

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Two new polio cases reported from Karachi

By Tanvir Ahmad Khan

KARACHI: Two new polio cases were confirmed from Karachi on Thursday, raising the total number of cases in Sindh to 14 this year, officials said.

The first case was from Union Council No.8 of Gadap Town where a 10-month-old child named Omer tested positive for polio. Omer had been vaccinated for the virus once before.

Omer’s case is one of the few across Pakistan where children had been administered at least one dose of the oral vaccine but still tested positive for the crippling disease.

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30 primary schools in Rawalpindi run by one teacher each

RAWALPINDI: When it comes to prioritise the areas for spending public funds, the ruling PML-N has always opted for flashy projects.

A similar trend is also seen in the Rawalpindi district where the provincial government has launched the Rs44 billion metro bus project but virtually closed its eyes towards the education sector.

At a time when the education department is enjoying the strength of around 20,000 schoolteachers, there are 30 primary schools in the district which are being run by only one teacher each, putting the future of the students at a stake.

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54 dengue patients reported in Punjab

TOBA TEK SINGH: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said that 54 dengue patients have been reported in Punjab while the anti-dengue awareness campaign is also underway.

During his surprise visit to the Rural Health Centre in Nawan Lahore on Thursday, he took notice of the absence of the medical officer from the duty and asked the EDO (Health) to submit MO’s report to him.

He also expressed concern over a theft of the RHC ambulance and directed the officials concerned to send him a report at the earliest.

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Floods destroy homes and livelihoods in Pakistan

By Andy Goss, Islamabad

Late monsoon rains earlier this month have unleashed a devastating flood, inundating large areas of Pakistan and affecting around two million people in a disaster that continues to unfold.

The Government’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says close to 44,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 1.5 million acres of standing crops lost. So far, about 300 people have died.