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03 Jul 2015 description

By Majda Shabbir, IFRC

At least 1360 patients have died due to heatstroke in different hospitals in Karachi. Following the rising number of deaths due to the heatwave, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society established Heatstroke Treatment Centres in the city, almost all of them operating inside Red Crescent’s existing Medical Units in Karachi. Open to all, the centres provide free-of-charge quality treatment to those who are suffering from heatstroke.

03 Jul 2015 description

Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the hope that Pakistan would rid itself of the crippling poliovirus within two years.

Talking to International Polio Plus Committee Chairman Michael K. McGovern, who had called on him along with a delegation at the Presidency on Tuesday, the president was quoted as saying that Pakistan was not responsible for the spread of polio; rather the elements who had spread terrorism in the region should be blamed for it.

03 Jul 2015 description

The Newspaper's Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Sindh health authorities on Thursday announced five more deaths in the province — four in Karachi and one in Tando Allahyar — as it formally lifted the ‘heatwave emergency’ it had imposed earlier. All available resources were put forward to deal with the heatwave which killed 1,271 alone in the metropolis since June 20, when the first heatstroke victims arrived at hospitals.

02 Jul 2015 description

QUETTA: Another child fell prey to the crippling polio virus in the capital of Balochistan on Thursday. The latest case was found in a 4-year-old child, who is the resident of Quetta's Pashtoonabad area.

With this new case, the number of polio cases rises to four in Balochistan during the year of 2015.

Refusal was the underlying reason behind the latest polio case in the city. The parents had refused to provide anti-polio drops to the affected child, Dr Syed Saifur Rehman the Coordinator Emergency Operations Balochistan told DawnNews.

01 Jul 2015 description

LAHORE: Punjab is formally introducing the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in routine immunisation from July 1 (today) in all 36 districts across the province.

The IPV has been made part of the larger plan for nine vaccine preventable diseases, under the umbrella of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation.

The introduction of IPV comes as a milestone in polio’s endgame strategies and is part of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 developed in consultation with stakeholders, polio-infected countries, partners and global advisory bodies.

01 Jul 2015 description
report HOPE'87

Building on the success and the knowledge gained during the preceding project, the current one focuses on the integration of the „School Based Disaster Risk Management“ (SBDRM) model into the governmental system of the Pakistani Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

This SBDRM model has been developed in close cooperation with the DIPECHO partners in the course of the DIPECHO 7th Action Plan. The project is co-financed by ECHO, ADC and HOPE’87.

According to the concept of „Comprehensive School Safety“ the main goals of the project include:

30 Jun 2015 description

CDKN’s Abdur Rahman and Charlotte Finlay reflect on how Pakistan could learn to plan better for heat waves and reduce the risks to its population.

30 Jun 2015 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved assistance of over $220 million to help Pakistan rebuild and upgrade roads, bridges and other high-priority infrastructure damaged by the devastating 2014 floods.

29 Jun 2015 description

QUETTA: An armed clash between two separatist groups left at least 20 militants dead in Balochistan's Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts late Monday night.

The local administration, however, could not verify the number of casualties.

"Yes people have been killed, but we are not sure about the number of casualties", a levies official told Dawn.com via telephone.

The clash took place in Pir Suri Darbar and Han Nullah, the two areas located at the border between Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts of the restive province.

29 Jun 2015 description


KARACHI: The harsh heatwave which killed more than 1,300 people in Karachi and other parts of Sindh over the past few days has ended, says a Met official.

He said on Sunday that there was no threat of another such gruelling heatwave in the country, including its largest city along the Arabian Sea, this summer.

28 Jun 2015 description

HYDERABAD: Mithi Senior Civil Judge Mian Fayyaz Rabbani, who has been appointed the relief inspecting judge by the Sindh High Court, has apprehended that Tharparkar may be hit by drought again this year because of no rainfall for long. He has also recommended that the condition of the computerised national identity card (CNIC) for a family head and his wife for receiving free wheat under the provincial government’s scheme be dropped as many deserving families, widows and bachelors did not have it for valid reasons.

28 Jun 2015 description


KARACHI: The devastating heatwave that struck Sindh last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll has climbed to 1,242 with 32 deaths reported in Karachi on Saturday.

Various government-run hospitals in Karachi confirmed that at least 32 people died of heatstroke on Saturday. At least 13 people died in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), 11 in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), two in Qatar Hospital, three in hospitals owned by Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) and three in other hospitals in the city.

26 Jun 2015 description

QUETTA: The government of Balochistan on Friday announced general amnesty for youths laying down their weapons and abandoning violence in the province.

The decision to this effect was made during the apex committee meeting chaired by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch.

Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Nasir Khan Janjua, Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC), Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani and other high ups attended the meeting.

26 Jun 2015 description

UPPER DIR: Nine people, women and children among them, were killed as a flash flood swept away a bazaar in the far-flung Biyar area of Upper Dir district on Thursday.

Residents said the death toll might rise as several madrassah students and local people had been missing since the sudden rush of water from nearby mountains destroyed a seminary, shops and houses in the bazaar and its adjoining areas.

The flood was caused by a heavy rainfall on the mountains.

26 Jun 2015 description


KARACHI: Another 105 people died of heatstroke on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 1,116 in Sindh, even though the harsh weather that has overwhelmed the province for a week subsided considerably.

Officials said the number of heatstroke patients arriving at hospitals had reduced significantly on Thursday because the weather was quite windy and, at times, cloudy, but it failed to completely stop the heatwave attacking them.

“On Thursday, at least 90 people died in Karachi and 15 in other districts of Sindh,” a government official said.

25 Jun 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has begun implementing its charitable and humanitarian programmes in various regions in Pakistan, by distributing food parcels and setting-up Iftar banquets.

25 Jun 2015 description

Karachi, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 6/25/2015 - 14:26 GMT

by Ashraf KHAN

The death toll from Pakistan's killer heatwave rose past 1,000 on Thursday, with more fatalities expected, as cloud cover and lower temperatures brought some relief to the worst-hit city Karachi.

Mortuaries and gravediggers in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and economic hub, have struggled to keep up with the flow of bodies since the scorching temperatures began last weekend.

25 Jun 2015 description


QUETTA: In Balochistan, 84 per cent children are not immunised and are prone to various preventable and fatal diseases, data from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) revealed.

Out of 100, only 16pc children are fully immunised, which appears to be an alarming situation in the province, Dr Syed Saifur Rehman, the Coordinator of Emergency Operation Center (EOC) said.

24 Jun 2015 description

Karachi, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 6/24/2015 - 13:00 GMT

by Ashraf KHAN

The death toll from a heatwave in southern Pakistan rose to 750 on Wednesday, but the scorching weather showed signs of easing, bringing some respite to the sweltering city of Karachi.

Temperatures in the city, which is Pakistan's largest and has seen the majority of the deaths, were forecast to peak at 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), down from the 40-plus highs of recent days.