More than 3 million people have been uprooted and 60 people killed by the worst flooding to hit north-east India in five decades, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.The flooding began when heavy monsoon rains caused a dam to break, breaching the eastern embankment of the Kosi River, which straddles the India-Nepal border.The Sunsari district of Nepal, where 70,000 people have been displaced, and 16 districts in India’s Bihar state – one of the country’s poorest – have been the areas struck hardest. The Kosi River appears to have altered its course, flooding areas of Bihar not prone to inundation and damaging over 220,000 houses.WHO expressed concern over the possibility of the spread of communicable diseases.“No outbreaks have been reported in India nor Nepal, but the flooding, risk for water- and vector-borne diseases due to the massive population displacements, hot climate, stretched hygiene and sanitation levels and eventual pools of stagnant water… left behind by receding flood waters,” said Poonam Singh of the agency’s South-East Asian Regional Office.Working together with the Indian Ministry of Health, WHO is supplying 100 chloroscopes to assess water quality and is raising awareness on measles immunization.In Nepal, the agency has sent enough medicine to treat over 120,000 people for one month. It has also dispatched anti-malaria and anti-diarrhoea supplies.Along with WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have all dispatched staff to the areas in Nepal affected by the floods.UN agencies have appealed for more than $5 million for relief needs in Nepal for activities such as providing food, shelter and hygiene kits.“With so many people forced from their homes into extremely challenging conditions, all effort must be made to ensure the supply of safe drinking water, food, sanitation and accommodation facilities, as well as essential medicines,” said Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Health Action in Crises Cluster. 2 September 2008More than 3 million people have been uprooted and 60 people killed by the worst flooding to hit north-east India in five decades, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Banach Technology plans to expand its product portfolio into US major league sports Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Finance Sports betting Dublin-based start-up Banach Technology plans to expand its portfolio into the four traditional US major league sports by the end of 2018 after securing €2.2m (£1.9m/$2.6m) in a seed-funding round that included investments from Paddy Power co-founders David Power and Stewart Kenny.Banach’s technology, which allows punters to build a personalised bet consisting of correlated same-game principles, is currently specific to football.However, Banach chief executive Mark Hughes said the company will strengthen the in-house team of mathematicians and software engineers with several new hires to enable new product launches for American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey, as well as tennis, in the coming months.“We have a football product at the moment and we want to build that out for other sports and also start growing into risk management,” Hughes, who spent six years at Paddy Power before leaving in 2014, told iGamingBusiness.com.According to The Times newspaper, Power and Kenny have invested €200,000 and €100,000, respectively. Other investors in the funding round included former Paddy Power chief executive Patrick Kennedy and the company’s ex-chief financial officer Cormac McCarthy, as well as Cormac Barry, who headed up the Australian division of Paddy Power until earlier this year.The funding round, which according to the company was over-subscribed, will support Banach’s business plan over the next 18 months to two years, when a further funding round is likely to take place, Hughes said.However, he admitted that “plans could change” if the US market “explodes” in the meantime – particularly given the company’s efforts to increase its exposure in relation to followers of the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL major leagues. “It will really depend on the opportunities at the time,” he said.Hughes (pictured) also added that the track records of the start-up’s investors will help to boost Banach’s reputation in the market.Founded in 2015, the company has worked with a number of the industry’s top companies, including GVC Holdings, which completed its acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral in March. Banach is currently working with Ladbrokes Coral on in-game technology during the ongoing Fifa World Cup.“There are big names among our investors and that gives us credibility,” Hughes said.“We think we’re unique in the sense that some of the work we’ve done together as a team in the past has allowed us to build platforms very quickly. We’re trying to get in the right people to build on that.” Banach to focus on major league sports after funding round 3rd July 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance