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Pakistan civilians flee as military steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban

By Jibran Ahmad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said on Thursday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area.

Twenty-one suspected militants and eight soldiers were killed on Wednesday, the military said in a statement, but gave no figure for civilian casualties.

National disaster officials say the fighting has forced more than 18,000 people to abandon their homes.

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Pakistan: Monsoon Floods - Emergency Appeal (MDRPK010) Operations Update n° 1

Summary: In the first week of September, the four eastern rivers of Pakistan (Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Jhelum) overflowed and triggered flash flooding in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and Punjab regions. This resulted in loss of life, inundation of a large area of land, damage to property and infrastructure, and agriculture and livestock losses.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (Tenth Report: October 2014)

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan set a clear first objective: to stop wild polio virus transmission globally by the end of 2014. To deliver this formidable goal, the polio-infected countries and their partners made huge financial and operational pledges to complete the job they had started 25 years previously.

With just weeks to go until the end of 2014, this global target will not be achieved. The virus continues to thrive in two parts of the world that it has never been dislodged from.

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Monsoon 2014 Information Report 15 (as of 27-10-2014)

  • As per the latest flood alert from the Pakistan Meteorological Department, All the Major Rivers are flowing in their normal state of flow. According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014, Monsoon rains have affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK, Punjab,KP and GB.

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Non-availability of security: Anti-polio drive put off in 16 districts

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has deferred anti-polio vaccination in 16 districts owing to non-availability of security by police, according to officials.

“The government has not been able to provide security to vaccinators because they have been deployed on Muharram duty,” they said. They added that campaign in the rest of the districts would be launched soon after Muharram because the children required immediate vaccination there.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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Khost & Paktika Update No. 35 - 22 October 2014

1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE

Displacement of refugees from North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces continues. As the situation is prolonged, UNHCR with support from TLO conducted focus group discussions with both refugee families and host communities, including men and women to get a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the populations in Khost and Paktika.

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900 families leaving Tirah valley after military operation

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Frontier Post

Posted by: Imran baba in Front, National

Farid Shinwari

PESHAWAR: After the military operation Zarb-e-Azb Khyber 1 launched in Bara Khyber Agency, at least 900 families began leaving their homelands to protect themselves and their family members in Tirah valley of Bara.

The military operation launched to wipe out of the area of miscreants is underway on the forth consecutive day in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. A great number of families owing to fear of military operation have quitted their areas and migrated to safer places in last few days.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.