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20 Aug 2018 description

Kabul - UNAMA welcomes the announcement by the Government of a conditional ceasefire for the upcoming Eid and calls on the parties to the conflict to seize this opportunity to put an end to violence.

“A mutual ceasefire would further the prospects for talks to take place between the parties to the conflict to find a political settlement,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

20 Aug 2018 description

Parties to the South Sudan conflict signed a power-sharing deal on 5 August 2018 in Khartoum. The latest governance arrangement is part of several deals concluded recently. However, the numerous broken peace deals in South Sudan in the past raise concerns about implementation.

PSC Report spoke to Nicholas Haysom, United Nations Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan about building sustainable peace in South Sudan.

20 Aug 2018 description

19 August 2018 – Despite having one of the lowest immunization rates in the world, Somalia has made great strides in increasing immunization coverage in recent years with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health system strengthening partners. To enhance coverage even more, in early August 2018, WHO Somalia brought together all the major organizations and institutions involved in immunization to lay the foundation for better coordinated immunization efforts in Somalia.

20 Aug 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

The Sudanese Federal Plant Protection Administration has announced the appearance of the autumn cluster worm* in South Kordofan and described the worm as a threat to food security in the state.

Farmers told Radio Dabanga that the worm has appeared in Rashad, Dalami, and the areas adjacent to Habila agricultural projects.

They pointed out that the worm affects the stalks of sorghum and maize and is difficult to fight with pesticides.

20 Aug 2018 description

Kofi Annan était une force directrice pour le bien. C'est avec une profonde tristesse que j'ai appris son décès. À bien des égards, Kofi Annan était l’Organisation des Nations Unies. Il a gravi les échelons pour mener l’Organisation dans le nouveau millénaire avec une dignité et une détermination sans pareil.

Comme beaucoup d’autres, j’étais fier d’appeler Kofi Annan mon ami et mentor. J'ai été profondément honoré de sa confiance quand il m’a choisi comme Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés sous sa direction.

20 Aug 2018 description
report Bangkok Post

Flooding remains in four northern provinces, four northeastern provinces and a central province on Monday -- and water levels are rising in most of them, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the department, said that parts of the northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nan and Phayao are under water, affecting some 13,000 people. Floodwater was rising in all those provinces except Chiang Rai. Tropical storm Bebinca and the southwestern monsoon were responsible, he said.

20 Aug 2018 description

20 August 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia has become the first Pacific island country to complete a Joint External Evaluation (JEE).

20 Aug 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Redress and Accountability Needed for Crimes

20 Aug 2018 description

In flood-hit southern Lao PDR this World Humanitarian Day, UNFPA and partners are intensifying relief efforts for affected populations, including women and girls, as the misery continues almost a month after disaster struck, including the collapse of a dam and the devastation that calamity triggered for tens of thousands of civilians in the area.

20 Aug 2018 description

MSF calls on Johnson & Johnson to make key drug bedaquiline affordable for all people who need it.

GENEVA – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today welcomed the new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for improved treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), prioritising the use of several oral drugs, including the newer drug bedaquiline, and minimising the use of drugs that must be injected.

20 Aug 2018 description
report Bangkok Post

NAN: The flooding situation in this northern province is still serious with three districts still inundated from heavy downpours a few days earlier, when tropical depression "Bebinca" weakened into a low pressure area over the upper North of Thailand.

In the Nan Municipality, six communities -- Suan Tan, Don Kaew, Don Si Soem, Tha Chang, Muang Len and Hua Wiang Tai Lang -- on both sides of the Nan River were 20-50 centimetres under water on Sunday morning as a result of the overflow.

20 Aug 2018 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s national observatory has renewed an orange alert for heavy rain on Aug 19 and Aug 20.

From Aug 19 to the morning of Aug 20, heavy rain is expected to hit parts of Henan, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, and Liaoning, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

Some areas in Shandong, Hebei, and Liaoning are expected to experience downpours of up to 280 mm within 24 hours, the NMC forecast.

20 Aug 2018 description
report The Kathmandu Post

Aug 19, 2018-A concrete bridge over a local Sandi stream at Barhabise bazaar was swept away on Saturday. The bridge connecting Barhabise and Khursani bazaar was slightly pushed by flood and landslide triggered by Friday night’s incessant rainfall.

Vehicular movement has been disrupted and Tatopani border has been cut off from Barhabise following the incident.

The stream started spilling over after the landslide debris blocked the bridge. According to local Rajendra Sherstha, Panic-stricken people ran to safety after the bridge was swept at around 10 pm last night.

20 Aug 2018 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain | TNN

HIGHLIGHTS

  • With water starting to recede in some of the flooded parts of Kerala, the Centre has decided to focus on provision of emergency supplies

  • NDRF will concentrate its rescue efforts in the still-affected areas of Thiruvalla, Chengannur, Aluva and Idukki

20 Aug 2018 description

The number of early childhood and primary schools on Vanuatu's Maewo cannot accommodate about 800 children relocated there due to the Ambae volcanic eruption.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

20 Aug 2018 description
report Times of India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Met office said heavy showers were not expected in the state in the next five days

  • Health experts warned of a possible rise in cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals

  • Local bodies will begin inspection of each evacuated home for electrical and structural safety

20 Aug 2018 description
report Times of India

Pradeep Thakur | TNN

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Home ministry carried out risk assessment of 640 districts in the country

  • study showed the level of resilience to disaster is low and needs “considerable improvement”

  • Most states have not conducted comprehensive state specific assessment of hazards, vulnerabilities and exposures of the changing dynamics and complexities of disasters, report said

20 Aug 2018 description
report Times of India

Highlights

  • In Tamil Nadu, flood alert was sounded for 13 districts, including the Cauvery delta regions, apart from Madurai and Theni

  • Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy conducted an aerial surveyof Somawarpet, Suntikoppa, Mukkodlu, Madapur, Harangi, Siddapura, Kushalnagar and surrounding areas

20 Aug 2018 description
report Bangkok Post

All district chiefs in Kanchanaburi have received an urgent order to brace for floods and evacuate villagers if necessary amid growing worry after heavy rain submerged parts of Nan.

Letters marked "most urgent" have been sent to the district chiefs by provincial governor Chirakiat Phumsawat who is concerned Kanchanaburi, along with 10 other provinces, is likely to encounter the combined effects of a low-pressure system, which has been weakened by tropical storm Bebinca, and a stronger southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea.