ATTABAD, 14 July 2014 (IRIN) - Four and a half years after a landslide and subsequent flooding in northern Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan State killed 19 people and displaced around 25,000, a solution to the plight of local residents seems as far off as ever.
The area that used to house a handful of bustling communities is a 22km-long pool of water dubbed Attabad Lake. Looking out from its banks, the shells of dozens of homes rise up from the blue-green waters.
Chronic conflict, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 and FY 2012, USAID’s Office of U.S.
UN-Habitat, the German manufacturer BASF and the government of Japan this week put a smile on the face of the villagers of Gul Mohammad Gandhro near Thatta, Sindh Province of Pakistan who were victims of the floods of 2010 by resettling them..
BASF in collaboration with the Government of Japan and UN-Habitat inaugurate handing over ceremony of land documents of a model shelter village project to the flood affected families in Gul Mohammad Gandhro, District Thatta Karachi - May 28, 2012 - BASF in collaboration with the Government of Japan and UN- Habitat handed over 113 newly constructed shelters to the residents of Gul Mohammad Gandhro Village, Sonda Town, Thatta in a prestigious ceremony.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011
To increase and maintain Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) preparedness and response capacity to ensure 35,000 people have access to goods, services and support in the days following a natural disaster, and to initiate community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) sensitisation in 12 vulnerable districts in support of PRCS community resilience approach to disaster management.
PESHAWAR, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) - Nissa Bibi, 40, carries a mobile phone on an orange ribbon round her neck in the hope that her sister - Shahina Bibi who recently returned to their home village in the Kabal area of Swat valley in northern Pakistan - will call.
UN-HABITAT launches a tree plantation campaign in the communities affected by the floods of 2010 and 2011. The campaign intends to extend to 400 villages with 200,000 trees. As part of the reconstruction and rehabilitation process, trees are being cut from nearby forests of affected areas without any plans of reforestation. Cutting of trees contributes to increased soil erosion, drought, water logging and occurrence of erratic rains. This also results in a decrease in carbon sink through significant increase in carbon dioxide levels and other associated gases.
Pakistan's vulnerability to natural and human induced disasters is characterized by earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides, sea hazards and a range of complex emergencies. The response to the earthquake of 2005 signified the importance of a national platform to manage and coordinate the response efforts to deal with the risk of disasters in a synchronized manner.
Public healthth is a crucial priority on the global development aid agenda. Nations trying to manage new epidemics amid existing disease and malnutrition burdens face challenges to their own development, which, in turn, have an impact on global development.
Internews believes local media is an under-utilized tool in public health strategies. Establishing, supporting, and enhancing local information platforms can contribute significantly to health-seeking behavior and community mobilization around health issues.
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GILGIT: A clash between people affected by the Attabad Lake and police left at least one person dead and six others injured in Hunza on Thursday.
According to officials, the protesters torched a police station, deputy commissioner’s house, a government rest-house and a police van. Reports reaching here said that Deputy Superintendent of Police Babar was among the injured.
The clash took place after a local bank refused to pay compensation money to the affected people because of shortage of funds.
PRESS RELEASE N0: JPNEMPAK 11-08
Islamabad: 17th February, 2011
The Government of Japan has decided to grant financial support of US$ 203,671 (approx. Rs. 17.0 million) to the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) for the Environmental Sanitation and Water Supply Projects in Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan.
The agreements for the two projects were signed on Thursday, 17th February 2011, at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Islamabad, between Mr. Chihiro Atsumi, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Mr.
This report offers international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the media, the U.S. government, and the public an overview of the humanitarian and development assistance being provided to the people of Pakistan by InterAction member agencies.
The 31 member organizations that submitted information for this report are conducting relief and development operations in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday announced a package for post-flood reconstruction in Pakistan, including a 10 million U.S.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response.
When my father was dying in July 2009 and decided to set up the Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement at Refugees International (RI), my sister, Katie, and I sat down with him to talk about what he wanted the center to be and do. The first thing he said was, "I have always tried to be fair in all that I do."
This is the philosophy of Refugees International, too.
The South Asia region is home to half of the world's population and is a region of great socio-economic contrasts as well as cultural and political diversity. The region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and remains one of the most disadvantaged regions of the world. Situated on the most seismic-active crusts on earth, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters in South Asia is high and continues to increase as a result of rapid and uncontrolled urbanization, deforestation and the effects of climate change.
This plan supports the core programmes of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for 2011, building on the previous biennial plan. It focuses on the four core areas of disaster management; health and care; organizational development; and the promotion of humanitarian principles and values.
The first annual plan in four years was launched in 2010. Prior to that, no Federation support plan was launched due to the ongoing operations for the earthquake in October 2005, Cyclone Yemyin/floods in July 2007.