Greenhouse Gas Levels in Atmosphere Reach New Record — World Meteorological Organization, Geneva | Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth

World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, 22 November 2018 – Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). There is no sign of a reversal in this trend, which is driving long-term climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and more extreme weather. The…

FOCUS Pakistan responds in disaster affected areas of Gilgit-Baltistan

Report on Pamir Times Net and Daily Times com April 09, 2016: Heavy rain and snow fall that continued for 48 hours has brought life to a standstill in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. It triggered a series of snow avalanches, unusual flash floods and landslides damaging 600 houses with thousands of other homes reporting…

FOCUS to Rehabilitate Schools in Madagascar Following Tropical Cyclone — AKDN Press Release

Focus Humanitarian Assistance   Antananarivo, Madagascar, 20 February 2015 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, is to support the rehabilitation of schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Chezda. Since early January, Madagascar has experienced continuous heavy rainfall stemming from tropical Cyclone Bansi, which led to flooding across the country. …

Plenty of Help, and Plenty of Fighting Over It, in Landslide-Hit Afghan Village — NDTV / Also watch and read at Aljazeera TV for latest news

Bryan Denton/The New York Times Destruction left by landslides that devastated the village of Abi Barak, in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, May 4, 2014. Abi Barik: An outpouring of aid has come to this remote village, where a devastating landslide is likely to have claimed 2,100 lives and instantly left thousands homeless. Tents, water,…

ADB-WB Assess Pakistan Flood Damage at $9.7 Billion

Brussels, Belgium (14 October 2010) – The floods that swept across Pakistan since July caused an estimated $9.7 billion in damage to infrastructure, farms, homes, as well as other direct and indirect losses, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) said today. The estimate was presented in the Damage and Needs Assessment…

Governor General of Canada awards medals to three Ismailis during visit to Congo

Source: The Ismaili The three Ismailis who were recognised for their services as Canadian wardens in the DRC pose for a photograph with Governor General Michaëlle Jean. From the left: Altaf Sheriff, the Governor General, Sadrudin Nanji, Shiraj Hemraj. Photo: Maherunisa Nanji During a state visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) earlier this…

Uganda: Landslide victims get help from Ismaili, Indian communities

By ESTHER NAKKAZI and MONICAH ATURINDA Over 300,000 people affected by recent landslides in Mt Elgon have received relief items from the Ismaili and Indian communities living in Uganda. The aid, in form of food, shelter and medicine will be distributed to the victims who are currently residing in Internally Displaced Person’s camps, where fears of…

Building Disaster-Resilient Communities in Afghanistan

Please also see: Photo Gallery of Disaster Resilience Training Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Afghanistan is currently implementing a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The CBDRR project seeks to increase awareness and disaster-resilience in highly vulnerable communities by strengthening…