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Rate of world hunger dropping amid wider eradication efforts: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS,  May 27 (APP): The number of the world’s chronically undernourished has dropped below the 800 million mark as an increasing number of countries hit their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on hunger, according to a new United Nations report released Wednesday by the Organization’s three food agencies. 


Pakistan rejects US paperís allegation of govtís complicity in degree-fraud case -
NEW YORK, May 27 (APP): A spokesman of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington Wednesday rejected an insinuation in a recent New York Times editorial about Pakistani government’s complicity in the alleged involvement of Axact, a software company, in bogus-degree fraud.


UN chief calls for postponement of Yemen peace talks -
UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (APP):  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the war-torn country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


UN warns of "alarming" spike in suicide attacks by women and girls in Nigeria -
UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (APP): Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children's agency warned Tuesday, calling on the country's incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.


UN chief calls for strong international cooperation to overcome global challenges -
UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the international community was enduring a “time of test” amid explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights problems, and called for strong international cooperation and bold action to overcome those challenges.


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COAS presents cash award to 17-year old boy for winning gold medal in Asian Jr AthleticsChampionship
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday congratulated Muhammad Afzal, 17-year old young boy who won the first ever gold medal for Pakistan in Asian Junior Athletics Championship held at Doha, Qatar in the current month.
 
International golfer Munir wins Nur Khan Memorial Open Golf Championship
PESHAWAR, May 26 (APP): International golfer Muhammad Munir with his gross 11 under 205 over 54 holes clinched the trophy of the Air Marshal Nur Khan Memorial Golf Championship after playing a vital last day round of four under 68 here at lush green 6666-yard PAF Golf Course on Wednesday.
 
Pak, Zim second ODI on Friday
LAHORE, May 27 (APP): The second One Day International between Pakistan and Zimbabwe will be played at Gaddafi Stadium here on Friday.
 
Army Polo Cup, Tent Pegging Championship conclude
RAWALPINDI, May 27 (APP): Army Polo Cup and Tent Pegging Championship ended at Rawalpindi Garrison Polo Club on Tuesday evening.
 
PBSA to hold IBSF snooker championship
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) will hold IBSF World 6-Red and Team Snooker Championship (Women, Men & Masters) in the month of August.
 
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1,204 die, 1,309 injured, 4,772 villages affected by flood PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Aug 9 (APP): At least 1,204 persons have so far lost their lives and 1,309 injured due to floods across the country.   As many as 289,086 houses have been destroyed or partially damaged with 3,610,735 persons affected across the country by the flash floods. According to data released by the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) here on Monday, 1,871,567 acres of area of crop have also been affected.

The FFC said at least 91,210 houses have been destroyed or damaged in Punjab, 171,010 houses in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 19,619 in Balochistan, 1,430 FATA, 2,336 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 3,481 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir so far.
At least 208 relief camps have also been established in all the flood hit areas to provide prompt relief to the affectees.
The flood also affected 4,772 villages in various parts including 1,472 in Punjab, 468 in KP, 2,584 in Balochistan and 193 in GB.
Meanwhile weather pundits have forecast more rains across the country this week threatening renewed flooding after 12 million people were affected and crops were damaged in the deadliest floods in over eight decades.
“Urban flooding in Karachi is possible and further heavy rain may aggravate the Indus River flooding in Sindh,”  the weather office said in a statement on Monday.
Hundreds of women and children have taken refuge on the highway from Peshawar to Islamabad in the Nowshera district, one of the worst affected.
Skin infections, diarrhoea and malaria outbreaks are spreading quickly, Hasnain Ahmed, a doctor working with a relief crew, said at a medical camp in Nowshera.
Floods have caused 200 billion rupees ($2.33 billion) of losses in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the worst-affected of the four provinces, Riaz Arshad, president of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said by telephone from Peshawar on Monday.
On the other hand, River Indus is flowing in ‘exceptionally high flood’ with rising trend in Guddu-Sukkur reach and while at Chashma in ‘very high flood with rising trend at Chashma.
The river is in high with falling trend at Kalabagh and in High Flood with rising trend at Taunsa while at Tarbela in Medium Flood with rising trend, says daily report issued by federal flood commission.
River Kabul is in Very High Flood Chenab is in Medium Flood with rising trend at Trimmu and is in Low Flood with rising trend at Marala and Panjnad.
Moreover the report indicates that Tarbela and Mangla Dams are at elevations of 1536.10 feet and 1206-00 feet, respectively, which are 13.90 feet and 4.00 feet below their respective maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1210.00 feet.
The concerned quarters have already been advised to take utmost care and vigilance in further filling, of both the reservoirs and strictly follow filling criteria and safety guidelines. Today’s combined live storage position of Tarbela, Mangla & Chashma is 10.813 MAF as compared to last year’s 10.887 MAF.
According to Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, Yesterday’s Low over western Madhya Pradesh (India) has merged into Seasonal Low and its trough is extending towards southern parts of Sindh. Southeastern monsoon current is penetrating into sub-mountainous areas of Punjab and Kashmir upto 3000 feet.
The weather system is being closely monitored by the Pakistan Meteorological Department for its further movement and intensity.
As predicted by the FFD, Lahore, fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain is expected over lower Sindh, Kashmir and upper catchments of Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Rivi & Sutlej, including Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, D.G.Khan and Bahawalpur Divisions during the next 24 hours. Scattered thundershower/rain is also expected over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab Gilgit-Baltistan, kashmir, upper Sindh and southern & northeastern parts of Balochistan during the same period.
Significant rainfall events reported during the past 24 hours include; Thatta = 107 mm, Badin = 102mm, Karachi (Gulshan-i-Hadeed = 80 mm, Airport = 61 mm, Saddar = 43 mm, Faisal Base = 42 mm, MasroorBase = 30 mm & Landhi = 26 mm), Mithi = 59 mm, Chhor - 55 mm, Barkhan = 53 mm, Mirpukhas = 48 mm, Nawabshah = 46 mm, Cherat = 42 mm, Parachinar =33 mm, Bunji = 31 mm, Huderabad = 26 mm, Alexandra Bridge = 25 mm, Daggar = 24 mm, Daulatnagar = 22 mm, Gilgit = 20 mm, Rohri = 18 mm, Peshawar (Airport) and Saidu sharif = 15 mm, River Indus is flowing in Exceptionally high Flood Level in Guddu-Sukkur reach. Flood Bunds i.e. Tori Bund located along right bank and Qadirpur Loop Bund along left bank of River Indus downstream of Guddu Barage have breached, which resulted in damages to crops and property, Provincial Irrigation Department government of Sindh with help of Pak Army is trying to control the situation.
The flood peak of Exceptionally High Flood Level is likely to pass through Kotri sometime on 10th/11th August, 2010.  Provincial Irrigation Department Government of Sindh and District Administrations have been advised to take precautionary measures for safe passage of peak flood flows into Arabian Sea.
According to the latest Hyderabad conditions as reported by Flood Forecasting Division Lahore, River Indus at Taunsa is likely to attain Very High Flood Level ranging between 6.80,000 to 7,30,000 cusecs during the period 0600 hrs of 11-08-2010 to 0600 hrs of 13-08-2010.
Under this scenario, the inundation and riverine flooding in low lying areas of Districts Bhakkar, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur is expected.
Al-concerned are being kept informed by the Flood Warning Centre, Lahore on round the clock basis.
 
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