These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Fighting on the ground is spreading throughout the country. Air strikes are continuing and more and more civilians are losing their lives to land mines.
Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015
Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.
At the end of July, South Asia witnessed some of the worst flooding seen in decades. Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India have seen hundreds killed and millions affected. The worst affected area is Myanmar, where even before the flooding, over half the population did not have enough to eat. Myanmar Country Director, Shihab Uddin Ahamad, updates us on what the situation is like on the ground and how he and his staff are helping the people worst affected by this crisis.
TANK: About 400 displaced families returned to their native town in South Waziristan from Khargi transit camp in the second phase of repatriation after security forces cleared these areas of militants.
Under the repatriation plan, the displaced families will get free transpiration, Rs25000 cash amount and ration for six months.
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Returns to Khyber Agency are ongoing. Returns to North Waziristan Agency (NWA) are currently on hold while returns to South Waziristan Agency (SWA) are expected to commence on 31 August. In Bara, Khyber Agency, over 12,747 families of the Malik din Khel tribe have returned since 10 August.
Washington DC, August 26, 2015 ─ The World Bank today approved a credit of US$ 75 million to support the early recovery of families affected by the militancy crisis. The credit will serve to promote child health, and strengthen emergency response safety net delivery systems in the affected Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
By Majda Shabbir, IFRC
The roadside was populated with men and women, young and old, who had taken refuge on higher ground after rains washed away everything they ever owned. In the middle of the night, around 400 families fled from a flash flood caused by a torrential downpour, taking with them the few belongings they could salvage. This was the scene in Rajanpur district in southern Punjab, an area susceptible to sudden flash-floods due to its location at the foothills of the Suleiman Range.
In 2010, catastrophic floods swept down the length of Pakistan, bringing devastation to millions. As they ebbed, the 3,400 residents of Bharat Khas and Dil Nawaz Bharat, both in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, faced an altered landscape. The two villages now stood on either bank of a brand new stream. On one side of the torrent was Bharat Khas, which hosted the local health centre. On the other, Dil Nawaz Bharat was the site of a primary school for girls.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Flood Relief: Navy sends three tons of ration
Next 24 hours: Met Office predicts intermittent rains
PMD issues weather advisory for K-P as floods affect over 1.5m across Pakistan
Stormy weathers: Weather radars not yet installed
Dozens of villages inundated, crops damaged due to flood in Sutlej Floods wreaking havoc
High level flood recorded at Sukkur & Kotri barrages
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As of July 2015, there were more than 1.8 million people displaced by insurgency, counter-insurgency and other related violence in Pakistan.
Flash floods hit eight districts of Punjab, affecting an estimated 463,902 people. The situation has stabilized and affected populations are returning from temporary camps. The Punjab Government has started damage assessments. More than 900,000 people were evacuated from Kacha areas of Sindh. Approximately 329,877 people are living in 499 relief camps established by the Government there. The water level is receding and returns have started in Larkana and Sukkur. Chitral was the most affected district in KP, with many areas still inaccessible.
Approximately 20,720 IDP families from NWA were recently de-registered after de-notification of these tehsils by the Government. As the situation stabilized and roads have opened, the Government de-registered the population and suspended monthly living disbursements. WFP has also stopped monthly food distribution.
Qatar Charity Pakistan has started its emergency WASH program for the displaced in the Bannu District in Waziristan. The district's population was approximately 1,000,000 prior to more than 840,000 displaced seeking relative safety in Bannu. This one-year program shall dig 40 wells(equipping 10 with electric pumps), provide 40 schools with water storage tanks and sanitation, build 320 toilets and 16 power transfer stations. Qatar Charity Pakistan will also maintain 12 water and sewage networks and provide health centers and campsfor the displaced people with water tanks.