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Rain and ruin

UNDOUBTEDLY, there were others who suffered more. Even before the rains beat down on Karachi this year, taking a few and then a few more and finally over 20 lives, hundreds others had died in neighbouring countries. The citizens of Karachi died as they do every year in an increasingly …

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Widespread rain, thunderstorm expected to hit Karachi

Widespread rain and thunderstorm coupled with gusty winds is expected to hit lower Sindh, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Tuesday, after Karachi witnessed the onset of a rain spell. The PMD said that there are chances of isolated heavy to more heavy falls in lower Sindh, including Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad and Karachi divisions …

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Sindh govt issues flash-flood warning for lower, urban parts of Sindh

The Sindh government on Tuesday issued a weather warning, anticipating heavy rains later this week, in which it directed all district disaster management authorities, commissioners and deputy commissioners to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken to avoid any untoward situation as well adopt an effective response mechanism, including issuing …

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Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region’s worst monsoon disaster in recent years. Thousands of soldiers and emergency personnel have been deployed across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where authorities say a …

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Hazardous plastic scrap imports soar fivefold in January-July

Imports of hazardous plastic scrap surged more than fivefold to 13,600 tonnes during the past seven months in a blatant violation of import policy, posing serious risks to environment and human health, industry sources said on Thursday. The sources said approximately 2,200 tonnes of such scraps made inroads into the …

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CEJ, ICRC hold inaugural workshop on Humanitarian Reporting

The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in collaboration with The International Committee of the Red Cross Pakistan organized a two-day ‘Humanitarian Reporting Workshop’from August 21 – 22, 2017 aimed at improving the standards of humanitarian reporting. This was the first of its kind to be organized in Pakistan. The …

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At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods on Sunday, officials said.  At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since …

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IEP holds seminar on disaster risk management

Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Rawalpindi-Islamabad (IEP-RI) held a seminar here on Saturday to create awareness among the people about the devastating impact of natural and man-made disaster. It was also aimed at preparing the engineering community to help in mitigating human sufferings in the wake of such disaster. The seminar, …

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Courting disaster

SIXTEEN million people in Pakistan lack access to safe water. Scarcity of clean water and poor sanitation claim 19,000 children under five years of age in Pakistan annually, according to WaterAid. Per FAO/World Bank data, Pakistan’s internal renewable freshwater per capita is less than that in Syria, whose civil war …

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