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Pakistan: Earthquake relief is tough but rewarding - Kiwi nurse

Living in a badly damaged cricket stadium under canvas during a harsh Pakistan winter may not be everyone's idea of fun, but for Carly Hawkins, a Dunedin nurse, it's a fantastic opportunity.

Carly joined the staffing contingent at the ICRC hospital in Muzafarrabad, the capital of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, in late December and will at the hospital for six months. After a long day, Carly shares a well deserved coffee with us in the camp's basic albeit comfortable and heated cafeteria tent.

It's a new experience but despite a few

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Two camps of thought on relocation in Pakistan's quake zone

BALAKOT, Pakistan, 1 Feb (UNHCR) - Two very different camps are divided by the Kunhar river that runs through Balakot in northern Pakistan. On one bank lies Kamal Ban camp, a cluster of 56 families in patchwork tents with no water supply, no health care and no electricity. On the opposite bank beams Lighthouse camp, the "three-star hotel" of camps with sturdy rows of winterised tents and prefabricated latrines.
If forced to decide between the two, the choice seems clear. But the quake survivors in Kamal Ban camp beg to
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Statement by the Secretary General on the end of the NATO mission in Pakistan

Today, the NATO mission to help the people of Pakistan, after last October's terrible earthquake, has come to an end. Our personnel have left the affected zone around Bagh, on schedule.
Since the Pakistani Government requested NATO's help, over 160 flights from Europe have brought almost 3,500 tons of relief supplies, including tents, blankets and stoves, to Pakistan . NATO helicopters lifted over 1,700 tons of relief in-country, and moved over 7,600 people. NATO medical units treated more than 8,000 patients. NATO engineers have cleared roads, and built schools and shelters.
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Pakistan: CA provides $ 37,900 for quake victims

Computer Associates (CA), one of the world's largest management software companies Tuesday provided US$ 37,900 to the Edhi Foundation in response to its ongoing requests for assistance to the victims of the earthquake.

The donation was raised by CA employees based in Pakistan and the Arab countries through CA's Matching Charitable Gifts Programme that encourages CA employees to contribute to the charities and communities of their choice by matching cash donations to qualified organizations by 200 percent.

Employees can continue to contribute

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Pakistan relief mission complete, NATO to leave on Feb 1st

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - NATO Ambassador Maurits Jochems opened the final NATO press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Jan 31, by announcing the completion of the three-month NATO disaster relief mission in Pakistan, saying it had completed its goal of providing relief and helping survivors endure the harsh winter in Kashmir.

The relief mission also represented the first deployment of the NATO Response Force beyond NATO territory. The government of Pakistan asked NATO to join the operation two days after the October eighth quake struck a broad area of northern Pakistan, including

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Pakistan: Cubans doctors treated 600,000 quake victims

Cuban doctors have treated 600,000 quake affectees including women at tent hospitals in quake hit areas since October 8. Members of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade are also helping to train Pakistani medicine students, Cuban National News Agency AIN reported.

The team coordinator, Professor Jose Menendez, delivered a lecture on "Health under conditions of natural disasters at the Islamic International Medical College.

Menendez extolled the work of the Henry Reeve brigade in Pakistan, following the earthquake of October 8, and the

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Pakistan: Ockenden's earthquake response

The earthquake that struck northwest Pakistan and Kashmir on 8 October 2005 had a devastating effect on most people living in the region. 87,000 people died and an estimated 3 million were displaced. Daily updates from the media and the many appeals by charities for people to make a contribution to the relief effort, have led many people to imagine how those who have been affected are coping and how best to offer them assistance.

Those who were displaced are in remote locations that are difficult to access. The basics that are required to

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Details of donations of Pakistan earthquakes disaster as of 1 Feb 2006


Details of Donations of Pakistan Earthquakes Disaster 8/10/2005 -- on going

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Pakistan: Relief distributions resume as snow clears

Report
World Vision
by Moussadiq Ali - World Vision Pakistan Communications Officer

World Vision Pakistan resumed the distribution of relief supplies, including tarpaulins in the high altitude area of Manda Gucha in the Seron valley, as soon as link roads joining the villages were cleared from landslides and avalanches after receiving four feet of snow in recent days.

The distribution team had been on standby since the snowfall in Manda Gucha at 7,000 feet, north-east of Mansehra in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), to take advantage of the break

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Pakistan: Masood Khan explains government's relief efforts in quake hit areas

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (APP): Pakistan's ambassador to United Nations in Geneva Wednesday briefed the United Nations on earthquake relief operations in Pakistan and added that military and civilian authorities continued humanitarian operations in the affected areas despite heavy snowfalls and landslides during last few weeks. According to reports from Geneva, Laurence Hollingsworth, the United Nation's outgoing Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator on earthquake relief operations also attended the briefing and made a presentation on the relief operations in the quake affected areas.
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Pakistan relief mission complete, NATO to leave on Feb 1st

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - NATO Ambassador Maurits Jochems opened the final NATO press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Jan 31, by announcing the completion of the three-month NATO disaster relief mission in Pakistan, saying it had completed its goal of providing relief and helping survivors endure the harsh winter in Kashmir.

The relief mission also represented the first deployment of the NATO Response Force beyond NATO territory. The government of Pakistan asked NATO to join the operation two days after the October eighth quake struck a broad area of northern Pakistan, including

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Relief Operation Report: 9 Oct - 31 Dec 2005

Report
Kindernothilfe
1) BACKGROUND:
On October 08, 2005 an earthquake of 7.6 hector scale hit Pakistan. The earthquake resulted in widespread devastation, and caused 70,000 death, more than 70,000 seriously injured, and more than 3.5 million population hit directly, almost 7 million people hit indirectly, 3.3 million people become homeless, 1.3 billion people lost their jobs instantly, 2.4 millions lost their livelihoods, more than 600,000 children lost their schools and 15,000 villages, hamlets and townships devastated with the earthquake.

The looses are more than this and these

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South Asia: Earthquake Appeal No. 05EA022 Operations Update No. 22

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries.0068E/08.03.04
In Brief

Appeal No. 05EA022; Operations Update no. 22; Period covered: 5-26 January 2006; Appeal coverage:78.9%.

Appeal history:

- Preliminary Emergency Appeal (launched as South Asia: Earthquake) on 9 October 2005 for CHF 10.8 million (USD 8.4 million or EUR 7 million) for four months to assist 30,000 families (some 120,000 beneficiaries).

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UNJLC Bulletin No. 32 - Pakistan Earthquake

Summary and Highlights - Days since October 8th Earthquake: 116
IOM is offering free transportation from Karachi to Islamabad for NGOs.

The UNJLC fuel survey has been released to provide recommendations and support to the humanitarian community operating in Pakistan.

Germany will keep two CH-53s in Pakistan until March 31st in a bilateral agreement with the Pakistan government.

1. Transport from Karachi

In response to requests from NGOs, IOM has graciously offered to provide free sea container (FCL) transportation

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Pakistan: Gandhara Hindko Board holds free medical camp in quake hit area

The Gandhara Hindko Board, a literary, cultural and social welfare organization, held another free medical camp at the quake-hit area of Balakot to extend treatment to the survivors of the deadly October 8, 2005 tremor.

The two-day camp was held at the residence of a local physiotherapist, Khursheed Ahmad, who is settled in the Michigan state of the USA and has been in his hometown after the devastating earthquake hit this area and other parts of Azad Kashmir, last year.

The survivors suffering from various diseases were examined and given medicines free of cost.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Record refugee returns to Afghanistan show hopes and challenges

KABUL, Jan 31 (UNHCR) - The numbers are impressive, but it is the individual hopes and fears of the refugees who have chosen to return that lie at the heart of Afghanistan's story.
Since the UN Refugee Agency began its voluntary repatriation programme for Afghanistan in 2002, it has assisted more than 3.5 million Afghans to make the journey home - more than 2.7 million from Pakistan and 800,000 from Iran.

This vast movement of people represents the single largest return operation in the agency's history. For the fourth

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NATO ends quake relief operations in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Jan 31, 2006 (AFP) - NATO Tuesday announced the end of its 90-day relief operation in quake-ravaged regions of northwest Pakistan and Kashmir, saying its troops had successfully completed their mission.

Some of the 1,000-strong NATO contingent have already left while the remainder will leave in coming days.

"NATO has withdrawn from Kashmir by 1st February as promised," the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's chief of disaster relief operations, Andrew Walton, told a media briefing.

"NATO's only purpose was to assist

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AAI Pakistan sitrep 31 Jan 2006

Mavericks who punch well above their weight.

The AAI shelter team continues to build and distribute shelters in the Bagh District of Kashmir at a rapid rate. Two days ago a further 200 shelters were moved from Islamabad to Bagh and immediately distributed to various surrounding villages. Dave Wegman and Marc Preston, with assistance of the soldiers from the 21 st Battalion, The Sind Regiment constructed an IRAS shelter in 4 hours to demonstrate the efficacy of the IRAS emergency shelter system.

In addition to building these shelters