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Flash Floods continue to create havoc in Malawi

Government statistics show that 176 people have died (with an unknown number still missing). There are over six hundred thousand people affected by the floods in the country because of the week - long torrential rains. The death count is expected to rise as more bodies are found.

Those affected are devastated as they lost their homes. Phalombe, a southern district and one of the worst affected had more than 20,000 houses destroyed, and some areas were submerged beneath 2.5m of water. There is a concern for Cholera because of lack of clean water supplies. It was also noted the increasing number of mosquitoes being attracted to the still water and the worry of malaria as people are forced to sleep outside due to limited shelters.

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Commissioner promises not to issue challan and harass street vendors

INDIA (NEW DELHI) - 20TH JANUARY: Thousands of Street Vendors from different markets of Delhi marched in different groups to the three Municipal Corporation offices in Delhi demanding an immediate stop of the issuing of challans on frivolous and many a times no grounds. A challan, in this case is a term generally used in India when a receipt for payment is issued to vendors in order for them to trade. Protestors marched to the Civic Centre, NDMC Palika Kendra and Udogsadan, where offices of the four Municipal Bodies are located and demanded immediate survey of street vendors. Thereafter they locked the gates of these Corporations shouting "NAGAR NIGAMS ARE NARAK NIGAMS."

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Marginalised Workers in South Asia demand for Transformative Social Protection

Participants who attended the South Asia Social Protection SeminarThe Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Foundation (OSHE), the Hong-Kong based Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), and the South Asian partners of the Asian Roundtable on Social Protection (AROSP) co-organised a meeting of grassroots workers organisations from different South Asian countries to discuss the issue of social protection.

The programme was held at the BRAC Inn Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh where 41 representatives from 30 grassroots worker organisations from the informal economy, trade unions and labour NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka had participated.

The meeting aimed to deepen the understanding of the marginalised workers in the region on social protection issues and to formulate common social protection demands that South Asian marginalised workers who can jointly campaign for at the sub-regional levels.

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NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

IRAN. Tehran's vendors battle the streets to survive. The Guardian (15 September 2014).

PHILIPPINES. Estrada's tents for Quiapo vendors irk 'legit' traders. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (14 September 2014) by Nathaniel R. Melican and Djan Arell G. Magbanua.

HONG KONG. Architects step in to street vendors row. Bangkok Post (15 September 2014).

GHANA. The Feasibility Of The Ban On Street Food. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (12 September 2014) by Zephaniah Kwesi Danaa.

USA. Vendy Awards to spotlight and honor city's best street vendors. AM New York (11 September 2014) by Ivan Pereira.

INDONESIA. Vendors adjust to new site at mall. The Jakarta Post (11 September 2014) by Josh Kelety.

ZIMBABWE. A day in the life of a female vendor. The Zimbabwean (10 September 2014) by Sofia Mapuranga.

INDIA. 269 street vendors to get identity cards soon. The Times of India (9 September 2014).

GLOBAL. International Study Finds Inclusive Practices Have Big Impact on Street Vendors and Their Households. PRWeb (9 September 2014). Five-city study from WIEGO examines impact of government policy and practice on street vendors' livelihoods.

INDONESIA. Editorial: Legalizing street vendors. The Jakarta Post (6 September 2014).

INDIA. 'Harassed' vendors want to meet PM. Deccan Herald (8 September 2014).

USA. The Untold Story of Women Vendors in New York. New America Media (8 September 2014).

MYANMAR. Street vendors to clean up their act. Myanmar Times (1 September 2014) by Ei Ei Thu and Myint Kay Thi.

USA. More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy. LA Times (6 September 2014) by Tiffany Hsu.

INDIA. Dabbawalas not under ambit of Street Vendors' Act. DNA India (2 September 2014) by Eknath Makne.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies