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Appeals & Funding
By Rabia Ajaib in Pakistan
Roshan Bibi lives with her family in the district of Badin in Sindh province. They have fallen victim to the flash flooding that has hit many Pakistan communities during this monsoon season. Their home was inundated with dirty, muddy water. One of the walls collapsed, injuring Roshan. “I could not get my wounds treated if the Red Crescent health unit did not come to my village,” says Roshan while receiving medicine from staff with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Displaced Populationin Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
QUETTA, Pakistan — A car bomb killed at least five people on Wednesday and wounded 10 more in a Shiite Muslim area of the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.
The bomb exploded in a parking lot after prayers marking the festival of Eid al-Fitr, senior police official Mohammad Hashim told AFP.
"At least five people were killed and 10 others wounded," Hashim said. "The bomb was planted in a car and an unidentified man parked it at the site and left."
This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.
The first half of 2011 saw major disaster events occurring in several countries including Australia,
Bangladesh, China, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu. Many societies across the zone continue to maintain a high level of programming in several new disaster response operations and continued comprehensive post-disaster recovery activities, while others have started reviewing their development activities in line with IFRC’s newly adopted Strategy 2020.
As the world marks International Day of the Disappeared today, Reporters Without Borders notes that many countries are still violating international law on this matter, including the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which the UN General Assembly adopted in 2006.
Reporters Without Borders calls for the universal ratification of this convention, which has so far been signed by 91 countries and ratified by 29. Combating enforced disappearance is vital in the struggle against dictatorships and arbitrary rule.
The Education ERWG continues to support the Government of Pakistan in improving access of children and teachers to quality education facilities. To date the ERWG has reached to 89 percent out of 1.3 million target beneficiaries including 445,724 girls and women and 732,868 boys and men across Pakistan.
• 279 severely damaged schools including 43 girls schools were provided with Transitional School Structures (TSS) services benefitting 36,492 children including 13,039 girls and 371 teachers in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KP.
Period covered by this operations update: 2 August 2010 to 31 July 2011.
Appeal target (current): CHF 130,673,677 (USD 133.8 mil or EUR 97.9 mil);
Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 71 per cent covered in cash and kind; and 70.5 per cent covered including contributions currently in the pipeline. Funds are still needed to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in this operation to assist those affected by the floods.
Epidemiological week no. 34 (19 - 25 August, 2011)
• 82 districts and 3 agencies provided surveillance data to the DEWS this week from 2,736 health facilities.
• A total of 872,608 consultations were reported through DEWS of which 18% were acute respiratory infections (ARI), 12% skin disease, 11% acute diarrhoea, and 7% suspected Malaria.
Authorities in Pakistan must urgently end the widespread practice of enforced disappearance and ensure anyone detained has full access to lawyers and the courts, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today.
“The Pakistan government has made little progress in resolving hundreds of cases of alleged disappearance, while new incidents are being reported around the country,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.
By Jennie Matthew (AFP)
ISLAMABAD — The 9/11 attacks that thrust Pakistan into the war on terror have brought the nuclear-armed state to its knees, fighting Islamist radicals at home and risking pariah status abroad.
It was already evening in Pakistan when television channels, recently deregulated by then president General Pervez Musharraf, began broadcasting the terrifying scenes from the twin towers in New York.
QUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen ambushed a passenger train in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing three people and wounding 16 others, officials said.
Men armed with assault rifles attacked the passenger train in Mach town, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Quetta, the capital of the insurgency-hit southwestern province of Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.
"Three people have been killed and 16 were injured in the attack," Naseeb-Ullah, provincial home secretary told AFP by telephone.
Anxiety spreads as Karachi bleeds
Call for army intervention
Threat to Pakistan's stability
Torture chambers emerge
By Michael Georgy
KARACHI, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Imran Ali's kidnappers jabbed pistols into his sides and led him down a quiet street as fresh ethnic carnage spread fear in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi.
Two other people blindfolded and held with the construction worker had just been shot at point-blank range. It was his turn.
28 Aug 2011 09:13
Aug 28 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 0845 GMT on Sunday.
QUETTA - Gunmen opened fire on a train near the town of Mach in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least three passengers and wounding 18.
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Monsoon rains had a country wide footprint over the last 24 hours and have contributed in accentuating floods instigated vulnerabilities. Forecast for the coming week indicates a similar pattern;
Besides the flood affected areas of Sindh emergency situations can occur in the following regions:
KP: Across Malakand and Hazara Divisions;
AJK: Neelum and Jhelum valleys;
NEW DURRANI CAMP—Lower Kurram, FATA
Return of IDPs from New Durrai Camp and Off-camp areas was carried out on August 25th and 26th, 2011. Total of 64 families have returned form Camp while another 153 have returned form Off-camp areas. All these fami-lies have returned to Gawaki Area of Central Kurram.
The return process will be continued immediately after Eid-ul-Fithr. It is expected that 1930 families will be facilitated in return to there respective areas.
Pakistani officials say massive floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 42 people in the country's northwest.
The officials say at least 20 other people are missing due to the flooding in the mountainous Kohistan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
In an interview with VOA's Radio Deewa, a member of parliament, Mehboobullah Jan, said as many as 90,000 people are trapped by high water in the flood-hit region.
Islamabad, Aug. 26 ,IRNA-- The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will set up medical centres in Pakistan in collaboration with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
The centers will be established at the provincial level as part of its efforts to strengthen the bilateral cooperation and relations between the two countries and the two national societies.
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PESHAWAR, 25 August 2011 (IRIN) - In what appears to be a repeat - on a limited scale - of the 2010 flood disaster in Pakistan with northern areas affected mainly by flash floods sweeping down from the mountains after heavy rain, at least 16 people have died in the remote Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtookhwa Province (KP).
SITUATION: At least 16 people have died in an isolated area of Kohistan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from flash floods -- something of a repeat of floods that occurred in the same region a year ago. The death toll is expected to rise.
Church World Service responded extensively in 2010 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, formerly known as the North West Frontier Province. The particular area affected now, Gabrial Union Council and Karang Union Council of Kundian Valley, has been inaccessible by road since last year's devastating floods.