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18 Oct 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal | Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new plan aims to take a hard look at two big problems: Uncollected trash clogging sewers and construction on drainage systems

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In late August, a month's worth of rain fell on Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in two days, leaving residents wading through waist-deep water, amid stalled vehicles and the bodies of dead animals floating through the streets.

03 Aug 2017 description

Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move

By Chris Arsenault

TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.

12 Jun 2017 description

By Megan Rowling and Andrew Mambondiyani

BARCELONA/HARARE, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it's different.

If the rains don't come, it can take months for the effects to be felt by poor rural families. Hunger kicks in only after crops fail, food stocks are exhausted and livestock start dying - but by then, help often comes too late to head off the worst.

29 Mar 2017 description

Countries such as Pakistan, Iran and India, which use the most groundwater to grow food, are already suffering from water scarcity

By J.D. Capelouto

LONDON, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers around the world are using an unsustainable amount of well water to irrigate their crops – which could lead to an uptick in food prices as that water runs low, international researchers warned Wednesday.

28 Mar 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Many farmers are adopting drip irrigation and laser levelling to conserve water, but costs for these technologies are out of reach for poor farmers

BAKRANI, Pakistan, March 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since his father died in 2011, Moeez Assadullah has been looking after his family's farm alone.

16 Feb 2017 description

"They sleep hungry for nights here. It is cold, they have nothing, no money and they feel they have to do it"

By Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi

BELGRADE, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wrapped up in grey blankets, migrant boys, some as young as 10, warm themselves by a fire in a large, abandoned warehouse near the main railway station in Serbia's capital Belgrade.

Hungry, destitute and cold, they are often visited by Serbian men who offer to pay them for sex - knowing some are so desperate that they will do anything to survive.

13 Feb 2017 description

As climate change brings more weather extremes and unpredictable weather, Pakistan's schools are adapting

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a two-week winter break, school in Islamabad started as usual at the beginning of January – but Shumaila Nelofar's two children did not go.

19 Dec 2016 description

"It is extremely disturbing for me to learn that after all these years, we are still being treated as foreigners."

By Umer Ali and Abdur Rauf Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 40 years after seeking sanctuary in Pakistan, Nusheen Bibi lives in fear of being expelled from the only country she has ever known.

Bibi was only three when her family fled the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - some of more than 6 million Afghan refugees who crossed into neighbouring Pakistan and Iran.

10 Dec 2016 description

by Coco Liu | @cocojournalist | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 9 December 2016 14:43 GMT

Some urban refugees are away from camps because there are no such places in their hosting countries

By Coco Liu

02 Dec 2016 description

Told rains won't come, some wheat farmers have switched crops - and are on track to avoid losses

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

RAWAT, Pakistan, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like his farming neighbours, Bilal Khan plants wheat in late October or early November each year, and harvests and sells his winter crop a few months later.

But this year, there are no wheat stalks are to be seen on his 3 hectares (5 acres) of land in Rawat, a town some 12 miles (20 km) from Islamabad, Pakistan's capital.

12 Nov 2016 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 11 November 2016 10:54 GMT

Three fifths of the 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year lived in just 10 countries

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sixty percent of the world's 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, said a study published on Friday, prompting calls for action to reduce the mortality.

28 Oct 2016 description

Effort to cut child deaths includes new construction standards for schools, evacuation drills and putting climate risks into the curriculum

By Saleem Shaikh

SAJAWAL, Pakistan, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When seven hours of non-stop rain led to a flash flood that swept through his village school, leaving it heavily damaged, science teacher Ali Zamin Samejo had to be hospitalised for shock.

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23 Aug 2016 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 06:54 GMT

With glaciers melting faster in the face of climate change, flood risk is rising and early warnings will be key

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

03 Apr 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:20 GMT

By Saleem Shaikh

ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and religious scholars say.

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19 Mar 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:28 GMT

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, March 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wheat farmer Nasir Tauqeer Khan would rather be home working in his fields. But since January, with Pakistan's rains failing, he has labored instead at a construction site in Islamabad.

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03 Feb 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 2 Feb 2016 05:00 GMT

By Ummul Baneen

ISLAMABAD, Feb 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For years, Fatima would wake up in the morning and dream of going to school but her hopes for an education were crushed.

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27 Dec 2015 description

BAGROT VALLEY, Pakistan, Dec 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled at the foot of five snow-capped mountain peaks in Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan province, the villages of the Bagrot valley face fearsome flooding risks.

As glaciers retreat, they leave behind lakes supported by ice dams or accumulations of rock and soil. Inherently unstable, these dams often burst, sending huge volumes of water rushing into the villages below them.

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