It’s being called the flood of the century. Torrential rains & strong winds over three weeks have devastated God’s own country, Kerala. It has already received 30% more rain than its annual average; rains in the state often last till November.
34 dams are spewing water, 44 rivers are in spate. 12 of the state’s 14 districts are submerged. 36 locations are battling landslides. More than Rs 11,000 crore in damages. Such devastation was last seen in 1924, long before Indian Independence.
Posted On: 18 AUG 2018 7:34PM by PIB Delhi
(Kabul, 19 August 2018): On World Humanitarian Day, citizens across the globe come together to rally support for people living in countries at war and to pay tribute to the first responders and aid workers who help them. Fighting and conflict in Afghanistan continue to take a brutal toll on people and aid workers. In the first six months of this year, 1,692 civilians were killed by conflict, the highest number in the past decade. This year, more than 130 schools were attacked and two health facilities were completely destroyed.
Manama, Aug, 18 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has ordered His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King’s Personal Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) that the RCO be in charge of preparing and sending relief materials and providing assistance to affected Indians.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has provided food and shelter aid to Yemen, where the domestic conflict has continued since 2014. 55 thousand Yemenis benefitted from our aid efforts.
In response to recent flooding in Myanmar, Convoy of Hope is distributing much need relief supplies to those who are affected. Across the country of Myanmar, thousands of homes have been severely damaged or destroyed leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced.
As resources are stretched thin and water contamination is rampant, Convoy is focusing on providing food, clean water, water filters and solar lamps.
The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe donated technical equipment to the press centre of Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence at a handover ceremony on 17 August 2018 in Dushanbe. The equipment will be used for broadcasting from locations where disasters occur, thus contributing to capacity building of journalists reporting on disasters, increasing the quality of coverage and preventing the spreading of inaccurate information.
The flood situation in Kerala State continues to worsen. According to the Office of the Chief Minister of Kerala the floods are the worst the state has faced in 100 years. The Indian Meteorological Service has issued warnings for heavy to very heavy rain for Kerala on 18 and 19 August.
The Office of the Chief Minister of Kerala reports that the death toll has risen to 324. Approximately 223 000 people have been left homeless and sought refuge in more than 1 500 relief camps.
Oxfam is preparing to provide emergency assistance including clean water and temporary shelters to people affected by one of the worst floods in the history of Kerala, in south-west India.
So far 324 people are reported dead and thousands forced from their homes with many stranded by flood waters, running out of food and clean water.
Oxfam teams on the ground have carried out a rapid assessment of needs.
Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.
KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the Kabul school attack that the Mission has now verified to have killed 40 students and injured 67, the majority of whom were young women and men.
Facts in the incident have now become clear. On the afternoon of 15 August, a suicide attacker walked into the Mahwood Education Centre and detonated an explosive vest in a classroom crowded with students who were preparing for their university entrance exams. The majority of those killed and injured were 16 to 20 years old.
ABU DHABI, 18th August, 2018 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has launched an emergency relief campaign to assist the Kerala flood victims.
SOMALI REGION, Ethiopia—At first, Trik Dulene and her husband agreed to use family planning to enable them to raise their two daughters within the limited resources available to them as a family. But the pressure from her in-laws to abandon this path became unbearable and contributed to the breakdown of her marriage.
It was a big blow for her when her husband, the breadwinner, left her to raise her daughters alone.
Thousands of people still live in the open Kassala state after floods and rains caused the collapse of homes and buildings, days ahead of Eid El Adha. “My children asked me how our relatives can possibly visit us for the feast.”
Floods in Kassala have caused the destruction of 1,990 houses and the partial collapse of 2,992 houses, mostly in the town districts of Makram, Kadugli, El Nour, in the northern state localities and around the Atbara river.
HÀ NỘI — Typhoon Bebinca has weakened into a tropical low-pressure system on Friday morning after it made landfall on the coast of provinces from Nam Định to Thanh Hóa.
The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said at 10am on Friday the strongest wind speeds near its eye reached about 40km per hour.
Singapore, 17 August 2018 - In response to the devastation caused by torrential rain and monsoon floods in India, Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has launched a public fundraising appeal and will be pledging S$50,000 in humanitarian aid in the first instance to affected flood-ravaged areas in southern India, in particular, Kerala.
Responding to the attack on a Shi’a education centre in Kabul on 15 August 2018, where a bomber stormed in and killed 34 people and injured at least 56 others, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, Samira Hamidi, said:
The Prime Minister visited Kerala to review the situation arising out of floods in the State. After a review meeting, he made an aerial assessment of the damages caused due to floods in some of the affected areas of the State, as permitted by weather conditions. During the aerial survey, the Prime Minister was accompanied by the Governor, the Chief Minister, Shri K.J. Alphons (Union Minister of State) and officials.
The Prime Minister expressed his grief and sorrow on the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to lives and property due to floods.
Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, a déposé vendredi une gerbe et s’est incliné devant le drapeau bleu de l’organisation retrouvé dans les décombres du siège de l’ONU à Bagdad détruit par une explosion il y a 15 ans. Il a réaffirmé sa détermination à améliorer la sécurité de tous les employés des Nations Unies, tout en reconnaissant que leur travail « ne sera jamais exempt de risques ».
Une haute responsable des Nations Unies a fermement condamné vendredi la récente escalade des violences dont sont victimes les enfants dans plusieurs conflits dans le monde.