The people of Kerala are used to coping with heavy monsoon rains and flooding which strike the Indian subcontinent every summer. This year was catastrophically unlike any other. In August 2018, torrential rains led to major floods in the south Indian state of Kerala, forcing the evacuation of at least a million people and causing almost 500 casualties and an estimated US$ 3.8 billion in losses. Authorities were forced to open dams, engulfing residents in floodwaters and landslides.
Peace is like an egg. It is delicate and fragile, but in the right conditions, it gives life.
Those are the wise words of the late Deka Ibrahim, who resolved clan conflicts in Wajir County in the early 90’s, and later became instrumental in the peace processes in North Eastern Kenya. She was my role model when I decided to start working for peace.
October 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The United Kingdom Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan said his country is supportive for the resumption of political talks between Sudanese government and opposition groups within the framework of the African Union Roadmap.
Commonwealth finance ministers concluded their annual meeting today in Bali, Indonesia, by endorsing key strategies aimed at helping countries reduce disaster risk.
Beirut, October 12 – Four international aid agencies working in Syria’s north-west region of Idlib have warned of dire consequences for millions of civilians if the Russia-Turkey deal, due to be implemented by October 15, doesn’t result in a sustained reduction of violence in this overcrowded province.
Zahra Ma’touq walks between the desks while 30 girls and boys look up at her adoringly. She bends over a desk to correct a notebook here, calmly walks over to answer a question there. Like her students, Zahra is a little nervous, and excited - his is her first day too. However, teaching at the Yarmouk school in Qabr Essit was also a homecoming. Zahra used to be a student here. “This was my classroom when I was in first grade,” she smiles. “When I came back I was flooded with memories!”
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. A good occasion to share some of Cordaid’s efforts to reduce disaster risks in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Indonesia. And to advocate for better resilience of marginalized communities against disasters.
Tropical cyclone TITLI made landfall north of Mandasa (Andhra Pradesh, India) on 11 October early morning UTC with approximate sustained winds of 160-170 km/h (equivalent to a Category 2 on the Hurricane Saffir Simpson scale). It continued north-west crossing the state of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, weakening to a tropical depression. Over the next 48 hours, it is expected to dissipate. Heavy to very heavy rain may continue to affect Odisha, the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
In response to the Government of Liberia’s appeal to the United Nations and other partners for humanitarian assistance to flood victims in the Country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has distributed food items to flood victims in selected communities in Montserrado County.
New project gives vocational training, education and small business support to 4,400 youth.
"The youth of South Sudan are a huge untapped potential. They must be supported to access job training, employment and businesses opportunities. The EMPOWER project will bring new opportunities to thousands of youth that are eager to learn, work and build for the future," said Rehana Zawar, Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Mahmoud Hamidoune, un paysan âgé de 63 ans, se met à l’abri de la pluie sur les sommets de la pointe sud d’Anjouan, aux Comores, et se souvient du temps où il faisait si froid que les habitants de cette région restaient chez eux. Se rendre dans les hauteurs pour s'occuper des terres était appelé "aller à Paris".
The Parliamentary Network to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reaffirmed its commitment to increase funding to end the three diseases at its annual meeting in Lomé, Togo, held on 4 and 5 October. The network committed to urge the heads of state and government of the Francophonie to advocate for increased funding during the sixth replenishment conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will be held in Lyon, France, in October 2019.
30 personnes dont 9 hommes et 21 femmes tous âgés de plus de 60 ans ont reçu des vivres, résultat d’une collecte effectuée par les volontaires de la Commune de Gitega. C’était dans le cadre de la célébration de la semaine dédiée aux personnes âgées, la première semaine du mois d’octobre.
11 October 2018, Puntland. A new 5,000 cubic metre earth dam near Yombays Village in the Nugaal area of Puntland, Northern Somalia, will bring clean, safe water to over 5,000 people in the area, of which over 4,000 people are from nomadic pastoralist communities. The dam was built by the Puntland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in collaboration with Yombays Village, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and with funding from Global Environment Facility.
Miragoâne, Haiti - In order to support the Haitian Ministry of Health (MoH) in reducing maternal and neonatal deaths, PAHO/WHO assists the Health Departmental of Nippes (DSNi) in improving the quality of health care through capacity building and training for the health workers.
Compartir acciones y estrategias desde el enfoque de salud para mejorar la reducción de riesgos, la preparación y la respuesta frente a emergencias y desastres fue el objetivo del Seminario Internacional Reducción de riesgos en el sector salud, desarrollado por el Ministerio de Salud Pública – MSP, el Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales – IAEN, con el apoyo de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud – OPS/OMS.
Maiduguri, Nigeria—When Boko Haram militants captured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gwoza in August 2014, 45-year-old Amina Mohammed was still reeling from the loss of her husband. He’d died two years earlier, when militants came to forcibly recruit men from the town of 300,000. The violence in Gwoza had been building for years before Boko Haram declared the town its headquarters.
P-au-P, 11 oct. 2018 [AlterPresse] --- Plusieurs autorités locales demandent au pouvoir central de venir en aide aux familles victimes du séisme du samedi 6 octobre 2018, de magnitude 5.9, qui a secoué le Grand Nord.
Le député de Port-de-Paix (Nord), Jean-Marie Forestal, critique la manière dont le gouvernement gère l’aide humanitaire dans cette commune.
Il estime que la distribution des kits alimentaires n’est pas la réponse appropriée pour faire face aux problèmes.
Stefanie Glinski, Regular IRIN contributor
ABKAMARI DISTRICT/Afghanistan, 11 October 2018,
The dusty, barren hills of western Afghanistan stretch far into the horizon. Here in Badghis Province, a severe drought has left barely any vegetation alive. But some villages in Abkamari District are an exception.
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