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19 Aug 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The government negotiating team for the Two Areas talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) said the next round of talks must be held according to the agreed references.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted the member of negotiating team Abdel-Rahman Abu Median as saying the government wouldn’t accept pre or new conditions from any party.

19 Aug 2018 description

ABU DHABI,18th August, 2018 (WAM) -- A total of AED10 million has been collected by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation through UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses for Kerala flood victims, a few hours only after the Foundation had launched its relief campaign in response to the directives of UAE leaders to form a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the flood-striken Indian state.

19 Aug 2018 description

DUBAI, 18th August, 2018 (WAM) -- Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, telephoned the Chief Minister of Indian state of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, and conveyed the condolences on behalf of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and the people and government of the UAE, to the victims of the floods in …

19 Aug 2018 description
report Bangkok Post

WRITER: RARINTHORN PETCHAROEN

NAN: The Nan River and its tributaries burst their banks, flooding more than 1,000 households in seven districts.

The water levels at the Nan River kept rising and was measured at 8.30 metres at Kadlaeng water station, and 10.10 metres at Ban Pakhwang water station in this northern province.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Jakarta Post

Ganug Nugroho Adi

Wonogiri, Central Java | Wed, August 15, 2018 | 07:19 pm

At least 50,000 residents living in 31 villages across seven districts in Wonogiri, Central Java, have been affected by drought since July, according to local authorities, which predict that the water shortage will last until October.

Wonogiri regent Joko “Jekek” Sutopo said that residents had tried to survive the drought by buying water for up to Rp 200,000 (US$13.60) per water tank, or around 6,000 liters.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Liangyu

ZHENGZHOU, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 260,000 residents in central China's Henan Province have been affected by Typhoon Rumbia, the 18th this year, local authorities said Sunday.

The province was hit by heavy downpours on Friday and Saturday, resulting in flooding in a number of cities and districts.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Direct Relief

The region is reeling from heavy flooding, which has left at least 324 dead.

By Dan Hovey

Unusually heavy monsoon rains over the past 10 days have inundated large areas of the southern Indian state of Kerala. The worst flooding the region has seen in over a century has already killed at least 324 people, and more torrential rain is expected.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

More than 5,000 Laotians living in temporary camps in Attapeu province following displacement by flooding from a dam collapse last month in neighboring Champassak province have appealed to the Lao government for more food, basic necessities, and cooking utensils, saying that officials have failed to deliver on a pledge to help them.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Mercy Relief

SINGAPORE, 19 August 2018​– Mercy Relief, Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency, will be deploying a disaster response team to the Indian state of Kerala where heavy rains have caused some of the region’s worst flooding in nearly a century. According to Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, at least 300 people have died as a result of the monsoon floods in the past two weeks.

19 Aug 2018 description

Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.

World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, offers the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations an opportunity to celebrate the daily work of humanitarian responders worldwide and recognize their dedication to helping others, no matter how hard it may be. World Humanitarian Day also gives us pause to reflect on how to continue improving the humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters and complex emergencies.

19 Aug 2018 description

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

19 Aug 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch
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Investigate Abuse During Interrogations in Mosul

(Beirut) – Two former detainees and the father of a man who died in detention have provided details of ill-treatment, torture, and death in facilities run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry in the Mosul area, Human Rights Watch said today.

19 Aug 2018 description

For the year 2017, 186101 and in the month of July, 2018, 35211 suspected dengue cases were reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 35.2% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29th week of 2017.

19 Aug 2018 description

Tara Kaul and Samidha Malhotra

World Humanitarian Day 2018

Over 200 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across the world today. In 2017, the UN-coordinated appeals reported a shortfall of 41 per cent, despite receiving a record amount of funding. As the demands on these limited funds increase, there is a concurrent increase in the need for high-quality evidence on the most effective ways to improve humanitarian programming.

19 Aug 2018 description

In response to reports indicating that some 3,600 Indigenous people from 14 communities find themselves trapped in the middle of clashes between armed groups in the department of Chocó, in northwestern Colombia, which could lead to mass displacement, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:

19 Aug 2018 description

Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:11 GMT

As climate change brings worsening storms and other extreme weather, measuring financial losses and deaths may not be enough

By Sebastian Rodriguez

CORRALILLO, Costa Rica, Aug 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When tropical storm Nate hit Costa Rica in 2017, it lashed the Central American nation for three days. Nearly a year later, memories of the storm are still fresh for many - including for Marielos Alvarado.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

August 18, 2018 4:16 PM
Salem Solomon

WASHINGTON — With the Democratic Republic of Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field.

Alongside these efforts, researchers in the DRC are collecting data that will improve how we respond to, and prevent, future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Crown Agents

On World Humanitarian Day, the not-for-profit development company launches a pioneering, virtual reality tool to demonstrate the complexities of disaster response, offering an opportunity to experience crisis-control and decision making first hand.

18 Aug 2018 description

At least 44 people have died in Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak since the deadly virus was discovered in the 1970s

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A deadly Ebola outbreak in a conflict-hit area of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses an "unprecedented" challenge to health workers trying to access victims and contain the disease, medical charities said on Friday.

18 Aug 2018 description

After a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Angry residents of a Brazilian border town, Pacaraima, ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation