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26 Apr 2015 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 16:33 GMT | 150 words

At least 20 people were killed and around 100 injured Sunday after heavy rain and winds in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar caused dozens of buildings to collapse, senior police official Mian Syed told AFP.

Riaz Khan Mehsud, a senior local government official, confirmed the toll and said the number of dead was expected to rise.

26 Apr 2015 description

Key Findings

Anticipated scope and scale

  • Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.

  • The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.

  • Kathmandu Valley (population: 2.5 million) is a densely populated area; many people live in buildings that cannot withstand a significant seismic event. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Sunday 4/26/2015 - 12:27 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,300, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 07:41 GMT

Three people were killed and 20 injured when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded Sunday in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said.

The bomb went off in the town of Sibi 130 kilometres (81 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta.

Senior police official Ghulam Ali Baluch, who gave the casualty toll, said two of the injured are in critical condition.

26 Apr 2015 description

RAWALPINDI: Four Pakistan Air Force aircraft carrying rescue and relief assistance, including a 30-bed mobile hospital, for Nepal left for the earthquake-devastated country on Sunday.

According to ISPR, the 30-bed hospital will be run by Pakistan Army doctors including surgical, medical, orthopedic, gynecologist, anesthesiologist, child specialist, radiologist and paramedics.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.

25 Apr 2015 description

"The Prime Minister called the Prime Minister of Nepal H.E. Sushil Koirala, who was in transit in Bangkok, to extend condolence and sympathies on the devastations caused by the Earthquake that hit Nepal today. While expressing solidarity, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan is ready to extend every possible assistance to Nepal and inquired about the nature of relief assistance that Nepal needed on priority.

Prime Minister of Nepal while expressing gratitude informed about the medical support in terms of personnel and medicines required by Nepal.

24 Apr 2015 description


169 Polio surveillance: tracking progress towards eradication worldwide, 2013–2014

179 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2015

24 Apr 2015 description

LANDI KOTAL: The repatriation of the internally displaced persons of Bara, currently residing at Jalozai camp in Nowshera district, was finally started on Thursday.

On the first day of repatriation, 66 Akkakhel families returned to their area after spending nearly six years at the camp.

“The returning families are simply overjoyed as they were issued Voluntary Return Forms (VRF) along with ATM cards which guarantee them cash amount of Rs10,000 for the journey and an immediate cash grant of Rs25,000,” a jubilant Najib Jan told Dawn by his mobile phone from Jalozai camp.

24 Apr 2015 description

(23.04.2015) Just a couple of hours ago we received the terrible news that our dear colleague Giovanni LoPorto, who had been taken hostage almost three years ago, is dead. He was killed already in January as collateral victim in what the White House calls an "antiterrorist operation" in the frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer

In Iraq and Pakistan, adolescent youth are facing huge challenges as they try to grow up amidst the conflict, danger and uncertainty that surrounds them. With fighting and other security issues interrupting their daily lives, it’s nearly impossible to learn, grow and make important life decisions without a strong support system.

23 Apr 2015 description
report GAVI Alliance

Geneva, 23 April 2015 - In light of recent reports in Pakistan regarding the non-payment of vaccine workers and subsequent industrial action, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, would like to clarify the following points:

  • The health workers, known locally as ‘Gavi vaccinators’, are employees of the Pakistan government.

  • Gavi contributed to the salaries of some vaccinators in Pakistan between 2007 and 2010 through an Immunisation Services Support grant to the federal government. This support ended, as agreed, in 2010.

23 Apr 2015 description
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Leaders Gather in Jeddah for World Malaria Day; Call for Increased Investment to Save Lives & Advance Development Efforts

23 Apr 2015 description

As people began crossing into Afghanistan in mid-June, a number of families settled in an open area in Gurboz district, known as Gulan. When agencies started delivering assistance to the new refugee camp, it became apparent that unfortunately the area was mined. UNMAS and partner agencies including Halo Trust began clearing the land to make it safe for the refugees and conducting extensive education among the population to increase awareness and understanding of the risks.

23 Apr 2015 description

En octobre 2014, les équipes de Solidarités International ont commencé à intervenir dans le camp de Gulan dans la province de Khost en Afghanistan afin de venir en aide aux milliers de réfugiés Pakistanais fuyant les combats opposants l’armée pakistanaise à des groupes Talibans dans le nord Waziristân. Pour Jean-Philippe Barroy, coordinateur terrain, la réponse de Solidarités International à aux besoins des refugiés "sauve des vies".

22 Apr 2015 description

KARACHI: A five-year-old girl was killed and a man was injured Wednesday when unknown persons hurled a hand-grenade at a residential compound near Karachi's Lyari Town office.

Two women also sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Eyewitnesses told DawnNews that unknown persons hurled a hand-grenade and fled from the area.

A huge contingent of police personnel arrived in the area.

Panic gripped the area in the aftermath of the attack.

22 Apr 2015 description


This technical paper provides evidence-based estimates of the likelihood of disaster-induced displacement in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.