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ISLAMABAD, 31 October 2007 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has temporarily suspended its voluntary Afghan repatriation programme from Pakistan for the winter.
"This is something we do every year before the weather turns. The programme will restart again in March next year," Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for UNHCR, said in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.
ISLAMABAD, 31 October 2007 (IRIN) - NGOs working in Pakistan's quake-affected Battagram district have suspended operations after attacks on aid workers.
"We have suspended our operations. Our staff has been evacuated," Michael McGrath, country director of Save the Children US in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) told IRIN, noting that all 95 staff members - international and local - had been moved out of Battagram and the nearby town of Bana.
"Virtually everyone is now out," he said, referring to 15 other NGOs working in Battagram, many …
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Victims of the devastating Pakistan earthquake in 2005 are now getting help with resolving legal and administrative issues, thanks to a new project run by NRC, The Asian Development Bank and The Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority.
Two years after the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, many of those who lost their homes and livelihoods in the disaster are still struggling to rebuild their lives.
On October 8th, 2005, a severe earthquake hit northern Pakistan, killing 75,000 of its inhabitants and affecting 3.5 million people. Only a week before, the pilot trainings on the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction (INEE Minimum Standards) had taken place in Peshawar and Islamabad.
"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.
The changing weather pattern has given rise to frequent incidence of tropical cyclones along the coastal regions and flash floods in the mountainous north, northwest and southwest regions of Pakistan. In keeping with this trend, Cyclone Yemyin and ensuing floods occurred over vast tracts of south and central Baluchistan and adjoining regions of Sindh in late June and July in 2007.
Note: Districts belong to Balkh province are not entered in NADRA db (Registration db) while a total of 2,471 individuals (416 families) have returned to Balkh province from 15 Apr - end Oct 2007
Note: Map production date estimated
Note: Place of origin of 176,092 individuals are unknown (data received from Iran)
The Muslim Aid office in Pakistan has established 10 water supply schemes in the North-West Frontier Province of Balakot, Mansehra.
Set up as part of the "Water for Life" project, the scheme will benefit 5000 villagers and 600 families, providing them with safe, clean drinking water.
The Pakistan floods of 2007 devastated large swathes of rural Sindh and Balochistan Provinces in southern Pakistan, destroying homes, crops and roads, and causing the temporary displacement of over 2.5 million people.
The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.
The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded the American Refugee Committee (ARC), an international non-governmental organization, $1.5 million to conduct a three-year communication initiative, which will address gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices among conflict-affected communities in Liberia, Pakistan, and Rwanda.
Islamabad, October 25, 2007-- The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and residents of the earthquake-affected areas of Mansehra and Bagh today celebrated the first year achievements of the United States Agency for International Development's RISE education sector program. The Revitalizing, Innovating and Strengthening Education (RISE) project works to rebuild and improve educational infrastructure and deliver high-quality education to children in the Mansehra and Bagh Districts.
Hybrid seeds distributed in quake-hit area under USAID funded I-LED program.
Islamabad-Pakistan/ October 24, 2007 - USAID funded Improving Livelihoods and Enterprise Development (I-LED) program implemented by CNFA , a Washington D.C based international development organization, has launched an ambitious program of distributing free of cost hybrid seeds in the quake affected areas of Pakistan to improve agriculture economy of natives. Initially, the I-LED is distributing hybrid seeds of Maize, Potato and Tomato after successful trial experiment in the local environment.