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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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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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A long wait for quake victims

SAHER BALOCH

Walking around in Mashkay’s Gajjar Town, it seems like the earthquake struck just a day ago. The debris remains as it is, with no signs of reconstruction, and is surrounded by tattered clothes, broken suitcases and toys.

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Punjab gives Rs100m goods for Balochistan quake victims

QUETTA: The Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Sher Ali Gorchani, visited the earthquake-hit Awaran district on Wednesday and handed over relief goods worth Rs100 million to the Balochistan government on behalf of the Punjab government under the Chief Minister’s winter relief package.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gorchani said that people of Punjab would continue to support their quake-hit Baloch brethren till their complete rehabilitation.

“The people of Punjab will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Baloch people during this hard time,” he said.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Pakistan 18-December-2013

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Higher winter wheat plantings for the 2013/14 cropping season

  • Above-average cereal production in 2013

  • Wheat imports forecast to increase in 2013/14 marketing year

  • Prices rice remain stable, while those of wheat gain strength

  • Food security remains a challenge for the flood-affected population