Media Cell, PDMA: The relief activities in the flood affected remote areas of District Chitral were accelerated with special focus on the provision of food items, evacuation of people and restoring of civic facilities including roads, bridges, irrigation channels and water supply schemes. Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) requisitioned two helicopters on the special request of Provincial Government (PDMA) to carryout relief & rescue operations in remote and cutoff areas of District Chitral.
Washington DC, August 26, 2015 ─ The World Bank today approved a credit of US$ 75 million to support the early recovery of families affected by the militancy crisis. The credit will serve to promote child health, and strengthen emergency response safety net delivery systems in the affected Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Geneva / Islamabad, 28 August 2015: Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal to support efforts by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to provide emergency assistance to thousands of people affected by flooding in various areas of Pakistan.
By Majda Shabbir, IFRC
The roadside was populated with men and women, young and old, who had taken refuge on higher ground after rains washed away everything they ever owned. In the middle of the night, around 400 families fled from a flash flood caused by a torrential downpour, taking with them the few belongings they could salvage. This was the scene in Rajanpur district in southern Punjab, an area susceptible to sudden flash-floods due to its location at the foothills of the Suleiman Range.
Islamabad, Pakistan | 13:02 GMT
by Nasir Jaffry with Parvaiz Bukhari in Srinagar
At least 10 civilians were killed Friday as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border, officials said, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Kashmir.
Six died near the city of Sialkot in Pakistan's Punjab province and at least four villagers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir. Officials said more than 50 were wounded.
KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The parties recognized that many of those remaining in Pakistan are second and third generation refugees, for whom repatriation may pose special challenges, particularly those who have resided in urban areas for the past three decades.
In 2010, catastrophic floods swept down the length of Pakistan, bringing devastation to millions. As they ebbed, the 3,400 residents of Bharat Khas and Dil Nawaz Bharat, both in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, faced an altered landscape. The two villages now stood on either bank of a brand new stream. On one side of the torrent was Bharat Khas, which hosted the local health centre. On the other, Dil Nawaz Bharat was the site of a primary school for girls.
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday assisted a group of 550 registered Afghan refugees in returning to Afghanistan’s Herat.
The repatriation took place under the Facilitated Group Return (FGR) initiative, and the refugees were repatriated from UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation centre in Baleli, Quetta.
“Voluntary repatriation is a cornerstone of the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR),” said Dinesh Lal Shrestha, head of UNHCR Balochistan.
SUBJECT: - RIVER SITUATION
The Flood Forecasting Division, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued BULLETIN No. A-B 072/15, dated 25 th August, 2015 (1015 hours PST), portions relevant to Sindh Province are reproduced hereunder:
River Indus at Kotri is in High Flood Level while at Guddu and Sukkur in Low Flood Level.
Flood Relief: Navy sends three tons of ration
Next 24 hours: Met Office predicts intermittent rains
PMD issues weather advisory for K-P as floods affect over 1.5m across Pakistan
Stormy weathers: Weather radars not yet installed
Dozens of villages inundated, crops damaged due to flood in Sutlej Floods wreaking havoc
High level flood recorded at Sukkur & Kotri barrages
Tripartite meeting: Kabul seeks 2 more years for Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Islamabad, 24 August 2015 -- Pakistan has taken another step towards a polio-free future on Thursday, introducing IPV into its routine immunization schedule at a ceremony presided over by the Minister of State, Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, Mrs Saira Afzal Tarar, and attended by representatives of WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and other development partners, such as USAID and the UK Department for International Development, in the capital, Islamabad.
By Yetenayet Kebede Fita
“I am waiting to see the day when polio is eradicated from Pakistan- waiting for the time I travel anywhere in the world and people no longer point fingers and say ‘you came from a country that is exporting polio virus…’ am already impatient till I see those remarks removed from my country…” Mudassir Hassan a Union Council Medical Officer (UCMO) working in Baldia town of Karachi speaks.
Qatar Charity Pakistan has started its emergency WASH program for the displaced in the Bannu District in Waziristan. The district's population was approximately 1,000,000 prior to more than 840,000 displaced seeking relative safety in Bannu. This one-year program shall dig 40 wells(equipping 10 with electric pumps), provide 40 schools with water storage tanks and sanitation, build 320 toilets and 16 power transfer stations. Qatar Charity Pakistan will also maintain 12 water and sewage networks and provide health centers and campsfor the displaced people with water tanks.
Islamic Relief has provided hundreds of families affected by recent flooding in Pakistan with foodpacks, tents, and other essential items.
Islamabad, August 20, 2015 - In a National Launch ceremony of the Injectable Polio Vaccine introduction in Routine Immunization, Minister for National Health Services Saira AfzalTarar said that the vaccine would augment efforts to stop polio virus transmission and strengthen routine immunization in the country.
Islamabad, 20 August 2015 – More than four million children per year will benefit from the introduction of the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in Pakistan. The vaccine will be introduced into the country’s routine immunisation schedule and given to children alongside other life-saving vaccines. This is a landmark step to accelerate polio eradication and secure a lasting polio-free world.
IFTIKHAR A. KHAN
ISLAMABAD: Polling for the first phase of local government elections in Punjab and Sindh will take place on October 12.
A meeting held at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, decided that the schedule for the first of the three phases would be announced on Friday, Aug 21.
An ECP official told Dawn that the schedule for the remaining two phases would be announced at a later date.
QUETTA: The Pakistan Army has assured the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) of its support in carrying out polio eradication campaigns along the border with Afghanistan, particularly at the Friendship Gate crossing in Chaman.
ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan makes edges towards the eradication of polio by moving from the oral polio vaccine (OPV) to the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), the number of families that refuse to vaccinate their children has yet to allow the dream to come to fruition.
According to estimates from the Polio Programme, every vaccination campaign fails to vaccinate approximately 360,000 children, and around 40,000 parents refuse vaccinations.
The following assistance was provided to the returnees:
- Transport Cash Assistance @ Rs.10000/- per family through Mobile SIM
- One Time Return Cash Grant @ Rs.25000/- per family through ATM
- Family Tent (targeted)
- Standardized NFI kit (targeted).
- Hygiene Kit (targeted).
- Monthly Food Package (six months) in the area of return