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Plea for help as landslides kill nine

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PESHAWAR, 22 March 2012 (IRIN) - Heavy rain has triggered landslides in the autonomous territory of Gilgit-Baltistan and the Chitral District of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa Province (KP) in northern Pakistan killing at least nine people, and affected villagers are calling for more assistance.

"We are in great distress," Rehana Bibi, a resident of Upper Chitral, told IRIN. "Life has come to a standstill. Terraced land where we grow crops has been destroyed, and so far we have received hardly any help at all."

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PAKISTAN RED CRESCENT SOCIETY HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE A SPECIAL REPORT ON Red Crescent PHET Response - PHET, IDPs, Avalanches and Land Slides

PRCS Profile

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is a statutory body created by an act of Parliament. It is the leading national non- governmental humanitarian organization and its main activities consist of relief work during and after a conflict, disaster relief and auxiliary health and welfare services for the marginalized people. It works as an auxiliary to the government and has a broad range of integrated programs and projects. The Society responds quickly in case of disasters and has the motto: First to arrive at the site of disaster and last to leave. PRCS

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Landslide Lake in Northwest Pakistan (as of 01 Jun 2010)

A lake created by a landslide in northwest Pakistan continued growing throughout the month of May 2010. The lake extended northward up the Hunza River, past the settlements of Gulmit and Shishkot. Meanwhile, the risk of a breach continued growing, according to David Petley of the International Landslide Centre in the United Kingdom. On June 1, 2010, Petley warned that the landslide lake was eroding the landslide mass instead of the excavated material, and that downstream communities should prepare for a rapid breach.
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Bangladesh + 10 others
GLOBAL: Asia most at risk from natural disasters

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NAIROBI, 31 May 2010 (IRIN) - Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at "extreme risk" of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.

The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI) released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes,

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Pakistan: PRCS Kohistan Avalanche Operation Update

Situation Update

Due to the fall of heavy snow and avalanches in February this year; two of the sub-valleys in Kandia Valley; District Kohistan, namely; Bagro Dara and Soyal dara were badly affected. These small villages (or Daras) come under two UCs Karang and Kareen with a population of 23,728 individuals. In the absence of the availability of helicopter services, blockage of the link road from main KKH at several places had have contributed in the delay distribution of food items to the affected population.

Since the road access to Bagroo Dara

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Pakistan: NWFP Lawmakers Urged to Advocate Disaster Risk Management

Islamabad:

(Peshawar) Active participation of Parliamentarians is crucial for improving the effectiveness of DRM (Disaster Risk Management) in the country and especially in NWFP. Given the importance the NDMA places on sensitizing the policy makers on DRM, a policy dialogue on "Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Management - Engaging Parliamentarians" was held here in NWFP, supported by UNDP. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) organized the dialogue, which was chaired by Mr. Kiramatullah Khan, Speaker, Provincial Assembly, NWFP. General=AE Farooq Ahmad Khan, Chairman

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Pakistan: IOM Distributes Toolkits to Conflict, Weather-Affected Families in Swat and Dir Regions

Pakistan - IOM has this month distributed over 4,500 toolkits to vulnerable families affected by flash floods, snowfall and war damage in Pakistan's northern Swat and Dir districts.

A further 350 kits, which include a shovel, pickaxe, adze, hammer, nails, pliers, pincers, chisel, wrench, trowel, hand saw, gloves, nylon rope, binding wire and a packing bag will be distributed in Dir this weekend, to allow returning families to repair their damaged houses and plant their kitchen gardens at the start of the spring season.

"These toolkits will help vulnerable

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Pakistan - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated February 4, 2010.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On February 9, the U.N. formally launched the 2010 Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan. Developed in close coordination with international humanitarian partners and the Government of Pakistan (GoP), the plan appeals for approximately $537 million for a period of six months to help meet emergency needs among conflict- and natural disaster-affected

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Pakistan Humanitarian Update No. 9

This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 20 February to 04 March 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 19 March.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- On 4 March, registration for IDPs from Orakzai and Kurram resumed in the hosting districts of Kohat and Hangu in NWFP.

- Living conditions for IDPs in the Mohammad Khawaja Camp in Hangu, NWFP, need to be improved.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Displacement in Hangu and Kohat

Just under 23,000 families (approx. 130,000 individuals) from Orakzai were registered as displaced up to 18 Jan, around

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To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Pakistan: Humanitarian Response IDPs, Floods, Avalanches and Land Slides - Jan-Feb 2010

PRCS Profile

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is a statutory body created by an act of Parliament. It is the leading national non-governmental humanitarian organization and its main activities consist of relief work during and after a conflict, disaster relief and auxiliary health and welfare services for the marginalized people. It works as an auxiliary to the government and has a broad range of integrated programs and projects. The Society responds quickly in case of disasters and has the motto: First to arrive at the site of disaster and last to leave. PRCS

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Emergency Situation in Kalam Valley - Situation Report #2

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Highlights:

- 4500 Surrounded Families Under Threat in Uthror, Meteltan, Osho and Ghabral Village

- Roads are Blocked due to Continued Snow Fall

- Food Distribution on Daily Basis in Critical Weather Conditions

- Immense Need of Food and Medicines

Situation Overview:

Kalam Valley is under crisis after a heavy snow obstructed the roads. Transportation system is not working so far. Approximately, over 10,000 families have been affected in aftermath of this situation. A blockage of roads due to continued snow falling is

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WHO sends medical teams to treat Pakistanis suffering from severe weather

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In the wake of a series of avalanches caused by severe winter, the World Heath Organization has dispatched medical supplies to Pakistan.

An avalanche on February 16 left dozens dead and several injured in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier according to a UN report.

Inadequate roads and lack of communication make it difficult for rescue and relief operations.

Some 120,000 people in the region have received medical supplies from WHO, but the agency promises to do more

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PAKISTAN: Struggle to rescue avalanche victims in northwest

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MANSEHRA, 22 February 2010 (IRIN) - Bad weather is hampering rescue and relief efforts in a remote part of Kohistan District in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) after avalanches on 16 February left dozens dead and scores injured.

"Because the roads are cut off we have had to work to save people ourselves, with very few tools and no equipment," Saifullah Muhammad, a local resident, told IRIN from Kohistan.

He blamed severe winter weather, inadequate roads and the lack of reliable means of electronic communication for the

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Pakistan: Kohistan NWFP Avalanche Situation Report 4

The situation in Qandia valley in terms of information is rapidly changing due to frequent accessibility of the PRCS teams via helicopter assessing actual situation in the valley. For the first time actual situation of the disaster (avalanches) at Bagroo Dara in Qandia Valley revealed by the PRCS assessment team during their rapid assessment on 20th Feb- 2010 of the affected areas of Bagroo Dara states that according to the local population disaster hit the areas on 14th Feb 2010 at 1 pm, initially leaving 30 dead, 72 injured and damage
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Pakistan: Kohistan NWFP Avalanche Situation Report 3

Reporting period - 20th February 2010

Situation in Brief

An avalanche hit villages in Qandia valley - especially Bagroo Dara, Seri and Gatloo areas - in District Kohistan, NWFP on 16th February 2010. These small villages (or Daras) come under two UCs Karang and Kareen with a population of 23,728 individuals. Bagroo Dara is located towards North at a distance of 125 Km (50 Km on foot walking distance and 75 Km on road) from the main Head Quarter Dassu. Due to heavy snowfall, on 16th February, 2010 at round about 1:00 PM avalanches hit

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Pakistan: NDMA, army rescue seven more in Kohistan

By Nisar Ahmad Khan

Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010

MANSEHRA: The National Disaster Management Authority and the army launched a rescue and relief operation in Kohistan on Friday, two days after an avalanche slammed into a mountainous village in Kandian tehsil late on Wednesday night, killing at least 52 people.

Local people feared that the death toll from the disaster might reach 80 because several houses in Bagro village remained buried under snow.

Seven survivors were rescued on Friday.

Kohistan DCO Ameenul Haq told Dawn that

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Pakistan: Kohistan avalanche death toll rises to 102

MANSEHRA: The death toll from Kohistan's avalanche rose to 102 as relief and rescue operation launched by the army and National Disaster Management Authority continued on Saturday.

With weather having improved in the Kandian valley, helicopters were able to fly to the main area hit by the disaster.

About 200 local people, most of them students of seminaries, took part in rescue operation in the Sari village where many houses were buried under snow.

Lt-Col Asif Ghafoor, who is supervising the operation, told this correspondent that with the recovery of more bodies

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UN stands ready to assist Pakistanis cut off by heavy snowfalls, avalanches

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19 February 2010 - United Nations humanitarian agencies stand ready to help local authorities in Pakistan's Upper Swat region where some 100,000 people need food, clothing, blankets and other non-food items after heavy snowfalls and avalanches blocked several roads and left some areas cut off from major towns.

So far the Pakistani Army has provided food supplies by helicopter and is clearing the roads, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Last week, UN Humanitarian Coordinator