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31 Jan 2006 description

21 - 27 January 2006

Highlights

- In the past month (Epidemiological weeks 1-4 inclusive), a total of 263,279 health events under surveillance including 68 reported deaths.

- This week, 142 of the 185 reporting units (77%) reported a total of 86,179 consultations, including 15 deaths.

31 Jan 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- WFP Regional Director Mr. Amir Abdulla visits quake areas

- Continues need for helicopter support throughout 2006

- Small scale migration from upper mountains to lower areas continue

- Slowly coming out of wheat flour pipeline breakdown

- The helicopter sling operations are crucial for overall mission success

1. SECURITY

The general security situation was calm with no incidents to report.

2. POLITICAL SITUATION AFFECTING HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS / CONSTRAINTS

Nothing new to report.

3.

31 Jan 2006 description

Introduction

A primary focus of the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), a leading research and teaching institution, has been to support October 8, 2005 earthquake recovery and relief efforts through systematic provision of information.

31 Jan 2006 description
report Plan

Reconstruction and rehabilitation begin in earnest

Working around the clock, our Earthquake Team in Pakistan is helping children and their families survive the tough winter as well as prepare for the transition from relief to reconstruction and rehabilitation:

- Shelter materials -- including corrugated iron sheets, blankets, toolkits and insulation foam -- have been distributed to around 4,600 families in the Siran Valley and Balakot.

- More than 2,000 children are attending school, early childhood care and development and recreational activities supported by Plan and …

31 Jan 2006 description

ISLAMABAD, Jan 31 (APP): The Permanent Mission of Mauritania in Geneva has deposited an amount of CHF 120,340 (Rs.

31 Jan 2006 description
report Medair

Heather Amstutz, Country Director

The onset of harsh winter conditions in Kashmir began in early January with heavy snow, rain, and a drastic drop in temperatures. Landslides blocked roads while fog and rain halted helicopter flights, increasing the logistical challenges for Medair staff working in the mountainous area of Poonch District, Kashmir.

31 Jan 2006 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam's response to the South Asia earthquake is focusing on providing survivors with appropriate shelter, and access to clean water.

Pakistan

The death toll in Pakistan is 73,331 (Government of Pakistan figures), with 69,392 people injured and 3.5 million in total affected by the earthquake.

The second spell of bad weather with heavy rains and snow is expected any day.

31 Jan 2006 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ A landslide on Tuesday swept away 14 houses in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

"We left our houses immediately after we saw the heap of mud coming down on us and that saved us," a resident told the television channel Geo.

The local administration evacuated another 30 houses in Sama Bandi village on fears of more mudslides in the area, which was rocked by October's deadly earthquake.

The recent spell of heavy rains in quake-hit Pakistan-administered Kashmir and …

31 Jan 2006 description

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.

31 Jan 2006 description

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.

31 Jan 2006 description

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.

31 Jan 2006 description

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.