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UNICEF launches largest-ever appeal to reach over 60 mln children worldwide -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (APP): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has launched its largest-ever appeal for 3.1 billion U.S. dollars to help  62 million at risk children affected by humanitarian crises worldwide.


Libyan parties agree ‘in principle’ to move UN-mediated political talks from Geneva to Libya -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (APP):  Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed "on the principle"ť of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available, the U.N. said Thursday.


US terms Afghan Taliban armed insurgency, ISIS terrorist organization -
WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (APP): The White House has termed the Afghan Taliban as armed insurgency, differentiating it from the ISIS terrorist organization operating in Iraq and Syria, as a spokesman reiterated longstanding American position that rules out giving any concessions to terrorists.


Javed Malik welcomes Pakistani healthcare exporters in UAE -
DUBAI, Jan 29 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large Javed Malik Thursday visited Arab Health Exhibition and welcomed the Pakistani exporters taking part in the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East, being held here. 


UN’s ME envoy ‘outraged’ by attack on world body’s Gaza compound -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (APP): The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, has expressed outrage by the assault on the UN premises in Gaza on Wednesday.


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Petroleum ministry contradicts Imran Khan’s statement
ISLAMABAD, Jan 30 (APP): The spokeperson of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources taking exception to the statement of Imran Khan has said that the statement made by him about petroleum prices in Pakistan is devoid of facts.
 
Junaid, Saeed excel in UBL’s win in President’s Silver Cup
KARACHI, Jan 30 (APP): Junaid Ilyas grabbed four wickets and Saeed Bin Nasir hit an unbeaten half century as United Bank Ltd (UBL) defeated Quetta Bears by seven wickets in President’s Silver Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament at UBL Sports Complex Ground on Saturday.
 
National Snooker explodes in action from Saturday
KARACHI, Jan 30 (APP):The 40th edition of Jubilee Insurance National Snooker Championship goes into action at the Shopping Arcade of Movenpick Hotel here from Saturday with 45 cueists in the fray for the crown.
 
Zia, Raza bowl NBP in President’s Gold Cup final
KARACHI, Jan 30 (APP): Zia-ul-Haq and Raza Hasan shared seven wickets between them to bowl National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in the final of President’s Gold Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament when they defeated Khan Research Labortories (KRL) by 48 runs in the second semi-final on Friday.
 
PIA to lock horns with NBP in COAS Challenge Hockey Cup final
RAWALPINDI, Jan 30 (APP):Â Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will  lock horns with National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in the final of First Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup on Sunday.
 
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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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