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A total of 655,500 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 14 January 2018)
22 February 2017, Rome - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report out today.
By Valeria Groppo
A result of climate change extreme weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent in many regions of the world. From increasing precipitation and cyclones in high latitudes and tropical regions, to intensifying droughts in southern Africa, this trend is likely to continue throughout the 21st century.
Avalanche kills seven near Lowari Tunnel
NDMA prepares framework for vulnerable, low-income communities
Wind, rain, heat: Health risks grow with extreme weather
Babies starving as food runs low in Pakistan's drought-hit Tharparkar district
CM approves shifting of eight ATCs from Clifton to Central jail
Sindh govt fails to provide adequate security in Sehwan, says MQM, PMLF
Punjab sends summary to federal government for Rangers’ deployment
Climate change, environmental health risks becoming greater causes of death
6.3 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan
NDMA holds national workshop on disaster risk insurance framework for Pakistan
14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast
3 FC personnel martyred in explosion in South Waziristan
NACTA warned about blast in Lahore
FIA to issue red warrant for Altaf through Interpol
37-nation naval exercises begin in Pakistan
Climate Change Adaptation Project to benefit 185 million population
Pakistan - Severe weather (NDMA, Local Media)(ECHO Daily Flash of 27 January 2017)
Sound Bytes: ‘Climate change is a bigger threat to Pakistan than terrorism’
Fourth generation war and the intelligence arm
Quebec attack, immigration and havoc
Scotland Yard not to reopen MQM’s money laundering case on Pakistan request
Govt to inaugurate 14 passport offices this year: Nisar
230 cases registered under anti-money laundering law
Heavy snowfall halts life in Balochistan, Chitral, hilly areas
Experts call for effective land management
Met department forecasts rain, snow to continue till Wednesday
Climate change: Pakistan at seventh among top 10 most vulnerable countries
Calamitous: Many disaster bodies exist on paper only
Senate unanimously condemns Modi’s anti-Pakistan statement
Govt moves for speedy trial of terrorists
Army chief rubbishes Afghanistan’s claim linking Pakistan with terror attacks
Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.
The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.
In the wake of El Niño
We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 979,346 (increased from CHF 833,945) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 27,000 people (5,400 households) for 12 months, with a focus on livelihoods including nutrition and food security, and community preparedness and risk reduction. The revised plan reflects an increased number of beneficiaries, an increase in activities, and a refocused geographic scope (from 20 to 17 provinces).
Amid reports of drought-related deaths in PNG's Western Province, the country's Government admits some remote areas have received no relief since the start of the El Nino-driven disaster in the middle of 2015.
Reports of drought-related deaths in Papua New Guinea's Western Province will be investigated by the Prime Minister's Office after the Government admitted some remote areas have received no relief since the start of the El Nino-driven disaster in the middle of 2015.
By , Jessika Bohr
The momentum generated in the last days, weeks and months around the importance of tackling climate change should now be put to use to serve the most vulnerable children – those who bear the brunt of climate change today. This is very evident in the East Asia and Pacific region, the world’s most disaster prone region.
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
DROUGHT AND FOOD SECURITY:
Authorities activated the emergency mechanisms in Dominican Republic, while in Haiti authorities are concerned about a worsening of health issues due to lack of water.
FLOODS: River San Miguel in Colombia overflowed affecting about 8,000 people.
Authorities are responding to the emergency by delivering foods and toiletry kits.
COLD WEATHER: In Bolivia about 9,330 families, 4,306 hectares of crops, 6,868 cattle and 207 houses are affected in 26 municipalities, in 6 departments
SEQUÍA e INSEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA: Autoridades activaron mecanismos de emergencia en República Dominicana, mientras en Haití las autoridades muestran preocupación porque la situación de salud puede agravar debido a la falta de agua.
INUNDACIONES: El desbordamiento del Río San Miguel en Colombia, afectó a cerca de 8,000 personas. Las autoridades responden a la emergencia a través de la entrega de alimentos y kits de aseo.
Syria: Violence is intensifying in Damascus, with increased attacks from both the Government and the opposition. In Aleppo, fighting between Syrian troops and opposition fighters is causing further casualties. In the east, infighting between rival opposition factions has led to a reinforcement of Iraqi troops’ positions on the Iraqi side of the border. To date, over nine million people are in need of assistance, and more than 2.6 million have fled the country. In early April, humanitarian assistance was allowed in besieged areas in Aleppo for the first time since June.