A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan on 24 Sep 2013, causing at least 348 deaths and affecting over 300,000 people. Awaran and Kech districts were hit the hardest, with 21,000 houses reportedly damaged and the communication system disrupted in the remote and sparsely populated area. Humanitarian partners supported Government authorities to provide assistance. (OCHA, 26 Sep 2013)
A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on 28 Sep, killing at least 22 people. Although USGS said it was an aftershock of the Tuesday 7.7-magnitude quake, an official at the National Seismic Centre of Pakistan classified it as a new earthquake. (AFP, 28 Sep 2013)
On September 25, 2013, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 12 miles struck 66 miles northeast of the Pakistani city of Awaran, home to 118,173 people according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Almost 90% of all the homes in Awaran, averaging 5.4 inhabitants per home, were destroyed. In all, 20,000 homes were flattened in the Baluchistan (Balochistan) region.
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.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:15 GMT
Author: Aamir Saeed
ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – 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 – and is equipping them with solar power.
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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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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
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.
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.
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.
Syria: Violence continues, with opposition infighting in the northwest and heavy clashes across large parts of the country, including Rural Damascus. While several military ceasefires have allowed some access to besieged areas, insecurity continues to interrupt aid distribution, and access to Ar-Raqqa, Deir-ez-Zor and areas around the capital remains highly constrained. To date, over nine million people are estimated to have been displaced by the crisis, at least 2.5 million of whom have crossed into neighbouring countries.
Syria: Violence is ongoing across the country, with rebel infighting in the northwest and renewed clashes in parts of Damascus. While several military ceasefires have allowed some access in besieged areas, insecurity continues to interrupt aid distribution, and access remains highly constrained from Damascus to Rural Aleppo, where 1.25 million people are estimated to be in need of food assistance. To date, over 9 million people have been displaced by the crisis, 2.5 million of whom have crossed into neighbouring countries.
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The revised 2013 Development Operational Plan (DOP) was published on 14 November 2013 and articulated the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) continuous support to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in 2013. The revision reflected the transition of the National Society (NS) from emergency response of mega-disasters from 2005-2012 to longer-term development planning with a strong focus towards enhancing the sustainability of the NS.
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Syria: Conflict continues in the country with further infighting reported between armed groups in Deir-ez-Zor, clashes between opposition and government forces in Idleb, and governmental bombardments on the governorates of Rif Dimashq, Dar’a and Aleppo. To date, over 2.4 million people have fled the country, and an estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced. Meanwhile, the latest round of Geneva II peace talks between Syrian Government representatives and opposition leaders came to an end with little progress being made.
In Syria, violence is ongoing with government bombardments on Aleppo and infighting between rival rebel factions in Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Hasakeh. Between 07-11 February, a temporary ceasefire in the city of Homs allowed for the evacuation of over 1,200 people and the entry of humanitarian convoys into the Old City for the first time in two years. To date, at least 242,000 people are trapped in besieged areas across the country. Meanwhile, the second round of the Geneva II peace talks began, with expectations regarding aid deliveries and the release of prisoners.
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Central African Republic: While the capital Bangui remains relatively calm, the security situation in the northwest of the country remains highly volatile with several clashes reported between ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka factions. An estimated 902,000 people are now internally displaced as a result of the ongoing violence - half of them in the capital, and over 246,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, the European Union has approved the six-month deployment of a joint contingent of up to 1,000 soldiers to support French and African Union forces.
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.
An assessment mission to Kurram Agency is slated for 21 to 24 January to determine whether the conditions for return are appropriate.
Local authorities are stepping up efforts to combat polio. Latest data indicate polio cases increased by 57 per cent last year, from 58 cases in 2012 to 91 in 2013.
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December continues, with heavy fighting reported in the states of Jonglei and Unity, and sporadic clashes reported in Upper Nile and Central Equatoria. While numbers cannot be verified due to limited access, thousands of people have been killed or injured and reports indicate that civilians are being targeted in attacks, forcing an estimated 400,000 to flee, mostly internally.