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Pakistan Earthquake: Two Year Report

Phase I: Emergency Response

November 2007 - Two years after the October 8, 2005 earthquake, livelihood rehabilitation is still under way. The 7.6 magnitude earthquake took the lives of more than 73,000 people and left 3 million people homeless. In response, Relief International (RI) raised $1,179,000 in private funds to help with relief and rehabilitation efforts and has garnered more than $12 million dollars in matching funds for livelihoods, health, infrastructure, and shelter reconstruction programs. While initial programs in the wake of the disaster concentrated on the

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Afghanistan + 11 others
World: Wild Poliovirus, 28 Nov 2006 - 27 Nov 2007

Excludes viruses detected from environmental surveillance and vaccine derived polio viruses.
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Pakistan: Twice-displaced still waiting for government help

Report
IRIN
HATTIAN, 27 November 2007 (IRIN) - Quake victims who once lived along the line of control (LoC) separating Pakistani- and Indian-administered Kashmir - displaced first by political tension and again by the 2005 earthquake - have appealed to the government for assistance.

"We need land. We need help too," Mohammad Din, a 39-year-old father of six told IRIN outside his tent at the Hattian displaced persons camp, home to 38 families, just a stone's throw from the Jheleem river and about 40km east of Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

IRIN:

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Pakistan: USAID funded program introduces unique drip irrigation system in earthquake affected regions of NWFP and AJK under I-LED project

An MoU was signed among Engro Polymer and Chemicals Ltd (EPCL) and Royal Aabyari (Royal PVC Ltd) and CNFA/I-LED {implementing a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project "Improving Livelihoods and Enterprise Development"}. The primary objective of this MoU is to introduce High Efficiency Drip Irrigation Systems in Manshera and Bagh, the two worst affected districts in October 2005 earthquake, to achieve sustainable livelihoods through improved quality of irrigation system and efficient use of water resources.

The signing ceremony was attended by

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Bangladesh + 2 others
CWS Hotline 26 Nov 2007: Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Pakistan

(Extract)

Bangladesh

Several thousand people were killed when Cyclone Sidr hit the southern coast of Bangladesh on Nov. 15. Needs among survivors are urgent for food, shelter, and medicine.

Church World Service is supporting the efforts of partners in providing rice, pulses (e.g., lentils, beans), salt, oil, and rehydration salts for more than 35,500 people, focusing on the most vulnerable people--widows, children, elderly and disabled people, and those without land.

Prior to the storm, long-time CWS partner the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) reported

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Pakistan: SPAPEV hands over keys of pre-fabricated houses to Balakot earthquake victims

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Spapev
Islamabad, November 22nd, 2007: Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims has handed over keys of pre-fabricated houses to Balakot earthquake victims who had been displaced by October 8, 2005 devastating tremor.

The Saudi Relief organization is actively engaged in the reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the earthquake affected areas of AJK and NWFP soon after the establishment of the office here.

Media Director, (SPAPEV) Ibrahim Homaily while distributing the keys of the houses among the quake affectees of

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Afghanistan-Pakistan: No sudden deportation of "undocumented" Afghans in Pakistan

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IRIN
KABUL, 21 November 2007 (IRIN) - Over 100,000 Afghans living and working in Pakistan without refugee cards will not be "unilaterally and hastily" deported to Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani official said at the end of a tripartite meeting of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan on 21 November in Kabul.

Of the estimated 300,000 Afghans who could not get a refugee identity card through a Pakistan government registration process in late 2006, about 200,000 have already returned to Afghanistan,

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Afghanistan + 28 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2008

Foreword

Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty was adopted in September 1997, mine action has helped an ever-increasing number of civilians reclaim their lives and restore their livelihoods. The treaty has helped mobilize the international community's response to landmines and their impact on people. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we collectively take on a grave humanitarian and development challenge.

The United Nations pledges to assist mine-affected countries in meeting their obligations under the Anti-Personnel

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Rwanda + 19 others
GA debates strengthening coordination of UN emergency humanitarian, disaster relief


GA/10660

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
53rd & 54th Meetings (AM & PM)

Chernobyl Disaster, Aid to Rwanda Genocide Survivors Also Discussed; Adopts Resolution on Overview of United Nations Climate Change Activities

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Rwanda + 18 others
L'Assemblée passe en revue le fonctionnement du Fonds central d'intervention, de l'approche sectorielle et du système des coordonnateurs humanitaires


AG/10660

Assemblée générale
Soixante-deuxième session
53eet54e séances plénières – matin & après-midi

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Q&A: Refugee advocate turns page on Afghan beginnings

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, November 16 (UNHCR) - As a girl, Khadra Mohammed listened to her father's stories about Somalia before he fled the Mohamed Siad Barre regime for the United Arab Emirates. As a teenager, she volunteered to help Afghan refugees in Pakistan. As executive director of the Pittsburgh Refugee Centre in the United States, she recently returned to the Afghan refugee camps to present a book she wrote about refugee girls. She discussed her experience with UNHCR Senior Regional Public Information Officer Vivian Tan. Excerpts from the interview:

How did you first get involved in

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Afghanistan + 12 others
ACTED newsletter no. 41 - Nov 2007

ACTED Uganda: ACTED responds to ?oods in Eastern Uganda

The eastern part of Uganda has been affected by unusually heavy rains since July 2007. The rains resulted in massive ?ooding and landslides affecting thousands of people with mass displacement occurring. Houses, sanitation systems, roads and bridges have been destroyed and food crops have either been damaged or washed away. Tragically, most of the ? ood affected areas are those that have recently returned IDPs within their communities. The returnees had just started a new life outside

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Pakistan Red Crescent dispatches relief items for Sindh/Balochistan rain victims

The Pakistan Red Crescent responding to the needs of storm/flood-affected people of Sindh and Balochistan Wednesday dispatched relief items and medicines besides directions to the provincial branches to actively respond to the calamities. Pakistan Red Crescent Society Chairman Saeed Ahmad Qureshi expressing deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the storm-hit areas said that PRCS is fully alive to the needs of the victims and will stand with them in this hour of need. He said that the Pakistan Red Crescent Society National Headquarters has also sent assessment
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Pakistan: ERRA undertakes impressive work in quake-hit areas: PM

ISLAMABAD, Nov 15 (APP): Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Wednesday said ERRA's reconstruction and rehabilitation work in quake-affected areas is impressive and reflects cooperation among all institutions. This level of commitment reminds us of the spirit exhibited by the people at the time of devastating earthquake, he said. The Prime Minister was talking to Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Altaf M. Saleem, who called on him here to present performance and achievements report of the Authority. He said the reconstruction and
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Afghanistan + 1 other
Estimated Afghan Refugees in Pakistan as of end Oct 2007

Note: Map production date estimated.
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 07.
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Australia + 36 others
OCHA in 2008 - Countries covered by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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ReliefWeb
Note: Includes the coverage of the Regional Disaster Response Adviser for the Pacific