Hannah Reid and Karen Podvin
*Earthquakes, climate change, and deteriorating infrastructure present a significant challenge to the education sector in the Kyrgyz Republic. A new World Bank program aims to help keep classrooms – and students – safe.
The Kyrgyz Republic is one of the most seismically active countries in Central Asia, and constantly at risk of earthquakes – with more than 300 registered annually. A recent study estimates that earthquakes in the country lead to economic losses of over US$ 280 million (or 4.3% of GDP) per year because of damaged buildings, property and infrastructure.
GILGIT: Five people were buried alive when a snow avalanche hit a jeep at Babusar top here on Wednesday evening, while one person was rescued.
According to the police, six men from Tableeghi Jamaat were travelling in a jeep to the Babusar top from Chilas to enjoy cold weather and snow. However, a snow slide hit their vehicle near the top, burying all the six.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2018 – All citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic will potentially benefit from a Project that will ensure risk reduction investment in educational infrastructure, a stronger capacity to respond to disasters, and a better environment to scale-up the country’s mandatory disaster insurance program.
• Nearly 213,000 undocumented Afghans return from Iran and Pakistan
• Increasing violence results in approximately 2,300 civilian casualties from January to March
• USG provides nearly $62 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to acute needs across Afghanistan in FY 2018
Conflict IDPs Update
Khogyani: Following the conflict on 16 October, so far 16,486 families have been assessed of which 9,373 families were found eligible for humanitarian assistance. So far, 8,244 families have received assistance while the assessment and response is on-going. In addition, as per the local government citing Chief executive office, 5,000 families will be assisted by government. A government lead assessment has been initiated to identify eligible families while relief supplies have also been dispatched to Nangarhar.
• Conflict displaces approximately 438,000 Afghans from January 1–December 19, 2017
• GoA, humanitarian agencies to address winter needs of 78,000 households
• Afghanistan HRP requests $430 million to assist approximately 2.8 million people
Natural Disasters Update
On 26 December, an earthquake with magnitude intensity of 4.5 M was recorded at 08:08:21 UTC, the epicenter was Jurm district of Badakhshan province. The tremors were felt in Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar and Kabul provinces. Due to the low intensity; no damages and causalities were reported.
What is harsh weather?
• Harsh weather conditions are defined as any extreme weather event associated with winter storms that may have one or more of the following elements:
• Strong winds
• Extreme low temperature
• Heavy rainfall/flooding
“Integrated Context Analysis” tool to rank vulnerability launched.
Women in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) receive livestock management training.
Roll-out WFP’s stunting prevention model.
Punjab food safety laboratories assessed to meet food rules and regulations.
WFP supporting FAO on cash-based transfers.
Community Based Disaster Risk Management – preparedness training updates.
The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprising IOM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS works across the country implementing preparedness, response and recovery interventions. Through multi-sector activities, the NDC works towards building communities’ resilience to future shocks by enhancing household skills, spearheading community initiatives and empowering beneficiaries to reconstruct in a sustainable manner.
During 2017, the NDC implemented the following Response and Preparedness activities:
1. General Overview:
I. During the last winter season (2016/2017), 33 out of 34 provinces were affected by extreme weather conditions that included heavy snowfall, avalanches and rain related disasters.
II. According to OCHA, from January to August 2017, there have been 144 persons killed and 125 injured due to natural disasters, with almost 50,000 persons affected in total, mostly by floods. More than 12,000 were affected by avalanches or heavy snowfall.
Natural Disaster Updates
• Conflict displaces nearly 270,000 Afghans from January–September 2017
• Deteriorating security conditions hinder access to displaced populations in hard-to-reach areas
• Armed groups target health care workers and facilities
On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, celebrated on 12 October on the initiative of the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), ACTED Tajikistan teams shared some thoughts to relate about their activities in the country to prevent water-related disasters.
Natural Disaster Updates
UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
As per initial report obtained from ANDMA on 02 October; 15 families were affected due to collapse of a canal in Kunduz center. A joint assessment team consisting of ANDMA, NPO, NRC, SCI DORR initiated joint assessment on 03 October. 13 families were found affected and eligible for humanitarian assistance. SCI distributed NFIs, NRC distributed cash- for food and UNHCR provided 13 tents to the affected families.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)