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Humanitarian Response Facility In Balochistan To Enhance Disaster Preparedness

QUETTA, PAKISTAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over management of a Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Balochistan in Chashma Achozai, Quetta district. This is the second WFP-built facility to be handed over to the government; the first was in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province in February this year.

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Pakistan builds earthquake-resistant solar homes

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In the hope that better buildings will lessen the devastation caused by earthquakes, Pakistan has started construction on 16,000 disaster-resistant homes in the southwestern Baluchistan province.

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No funds allocated in budget for quake-hit Balochistan districts

QUETTA: The federal government has allocated no funds for reconstruction of infrastructure in parts of Awaran and Kech districts which were devastated by a powerful earthquake nine months ago, despite promises made by the PML-N government.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had promised, during their visit to the area after the earthquake, to provide all necessary financial support to the provincial government to rebuild the infrastructure.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Pakistan 23-April-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Record 2014 wheat production forecast

  • Increased wheat imports in 2013/14 (May/April)

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour stabilized in March but at record or near record highs

  • Overall food security conditions stable but localized food insecurity persists

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Rs4bn for rebuilding houses in Awaran

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: The Planning Commission of Pakistan has approved an allocation of Rs4 billion for the reconstruction of 16,000 houses in the earthquake-hit areas of Balochistan’s Awaran district.

Strong earthquakes struck the entire district twice — on Sept 24 and 28 last year — leaving thousands of people homeless, entire settlements destroyed and over 500 people dead and 700 injured.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP), which met on Friday, also approved the project. The provincial government will launch the reconstruction on May 1.

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Pakistan: Earthquake in Balochistan (MDRPK009) DREF final report

Summary: A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the south western region of Pakistan on 24 September 2013. The earthquake had a focal depth of 10 kilometres (kms), and was followed by a series of aftershocks over the following days. The epicentre was 66 kilometres north-east of Awaran district capital, with tremors felt in the neighbouring Sindh Province. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) declared six districts of Balochistan as being earthquake-affected, with Awaran being the worst hit.

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ECHO Factsheet – March 2014 – Pakistan

Key messages

  • The emergency needs of a million people internally displaced due to the conflict in the northwest of Pakistan and in the regions neighbouring Afghanistan, as well as those of millions affected by four successive years of floods, must continue to be addressed.

  • The government-facilitated return process for the internally displaced people must be voluntary, safe and dignified.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 04 – 11 March

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 February – 04 March

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Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (16 January - 15 February 2014)

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11 – 18 February

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 04 – 11 February

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 28 January – 04 February

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 21 - 28 January

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 14 - 21 January

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Pakistan + 1 other
Humanitarian Bulletin Pakistan Issue 22 | 16 December 2013 - 15 January 2014

Vulnerable families in Balochistan, KP and FATA face a bitter winter and urgently need winterized non-food items and support to rebuild damaged or destroyed houses.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 07 – 14 January

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Balochistan quake survivors in need of help

Saher Baloch

AWARAN: “No, I didn’t receive anything. There are no militants here so what is taking them so long to visit Malaar?” said an old woman named Marjan Bibi in Balochi when asked if she had received any help.

Twenty-five kilometres away from Awaran, Malaar looked a tad better than Mashkay in terms of reconstruction four months after the earthquake struck the district. But from receiving rations every other day in the beginning, the help eventually dwindled away with the start of winter, the people in Malaar complained.

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