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."
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.
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.
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 …
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.
(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.
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 families, some of …
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 20 February to 04 March 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 19 March.
- 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.
Displacement in Hangu and Kohat
Just under 23,000 families (approx.
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.
- 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
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 raising fears of severe food and medicine shortages.
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 and send an assessment …
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 fact that many of the injured had …
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 to infrastructure and environment.
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 helicopters airdropped food and relief goods in the …
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.
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 the number of …
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 for Pakistan Martin Mogwanja called on the international …
Reporting period - 19th February 2010
Situation in Brief
An avalanche has hit villages in Qandia valley Bagroo, Seri and Gatloo area in District Kohistan, NWFP. According to local news channels, casualties are expected. PRCS Kohistan District Disaster Response trained team was immediately deployed and is gathering first hand information at the moment.