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.
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."
Marginalised Workers in South Asia demand for Transformative Social Protection
The 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.