On 26 December 2015, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan. The epicenter of the quake was in the remote Afghan province of Badakhshan, close to the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan.
• 280 dead after 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan.
• Health and education concerns for vulnerable children in quake-affected areas.
• CERF allocation to support 45,000 families of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with lifesaving health, water, sanitation, shelter, protection, food, education, and nutrition services.
• Cash Transfer Programming offers freedom and dignity of choice in humanitarian crises.
Houses Damaged 107,389
The earthquake affected areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas remain the focus of relief efforts. The region will continue to receive rain and snowfall in the coming week. The number of damaged houses continues to rise as assessments continue. In KP 31 percent of the fatalities were women and 38 per cent children.
Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were the most affected districts in the earthquake, and are the focus of relief activities.
The se areas received heavy showers and some snowfall during the week, compounding the hardship of the affected population.
The number of houses reported damaged by the earthquake is increasing considerably as more information becomes available on difficult to access areas. The Government estimates that over 59,000 houses have been damaged, of which 85 per cent are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 14 per cent are in FATA. The districts of Chitral, Shangla, Swat, and Upper and Lower Dir are the worst affected, and account for nearly 70 per cent of the houses damaged across the country.
Islamabad, 28 October, 2015
Islamabad, 27 October, 2015
Islamabad, 26 October, 2015
A powerful earthquake struck Badakshan Province in Afghanistan today and also affected a large area of Pakistan. According to the US Geological Service the magnitude 7.5 quake struck at 09:09 UTC (UTC), was 196 kilometers (121 miles) deep, and the epicenter was 82 kilometers southeast of Feyzabad, Afganistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Considerable shaking was felt in Khyber Paktunkhwa (KP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Punjab, and Balochistan as well as in the capital Islamabad.
Each returning IDP family will receive a cash transfer of approximately US$250.
1.6 million people affected by the monsoon floods in 2015.
Government sends 54 million flood early warning SMS messages.
Findings from Pakistan consultations to feed into 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
Estimated IDPs in KP and FATA (UNHCR): 1.2 million
Expected returnees to FATA in 2015: 1 million
Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. The floods have affected 23 Districts across Pakistan with 55 reported fatalities and 14 people injured. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six Districts of Punjab province have been hit the hardest, with a high risk of floods in Sindh province in coming days. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response.
ERF allocates US$3.7 million to support Bara returns
Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes from 16 to 22 July 2015 have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been badly hit with an estimated 285,000 people affected. Areas in Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab and Sindh are also affected. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response. OCHA is in contact with provincial and national disaster management authorities, and continues to monitor the situation.
FATA returns to 18 denotified villages in SWA started on 16 March
Japan contributes US$13.5 million to Pakistan
Rescue 1122 will undertake INSARAG accreditation testing in 2017
Estimated IDPs in KP and FATA (UNHCR) - 1.58 m
Expected returnees to FATA in 2015 - 1 m
Estimated returnees to FATA since 2009 (FDMA) 1.47 m
The New Pakistan ERF
In February 2015, OCHA released the 2015 Operational Handbook for Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPF), a set of new global guidelines for managing CBPFs. In Pakistan, the CBPF is known as the Emergency Response Fund (ERF).
The Handbook includes the following main changes in the operation of CBPFs:
20,579 vulnerable children (9,878 boys, 10,701 girls) and 9,580 women without protective services in Kohat District, Khyber Agency.
Shelter, security in the areas of origin and lack of livelihoods are the three highest needs and challenges faced by returning families to Bara,
Estimated IDPs in KP and FATA (UNHCR) - 1.67 m
Expected returnees to FATA in 2015 - 1 m
Estimated returnees to FATA since 2009 (FDMA) - 1.4 m
82 attacks against aid workers including polio workers recorded in 2014.
SIDA contributed an additional US$3.7 million late December to begin ERF 2015 allocations.
Estimated IDPs in KP and FATA (UNHCR) 1.6 m
Expected returnees to FATA in 2015 750,000
Estimated returnees to FATA since 2009 (FDMA) 1.4 m
Registered Afghan refugees 1.6
Registered nonAfghan refugees 600,000
ERF closes 2014 with $1.4 million allocation for KP
In mid-December, the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) received a contribution of US$1.4 million from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). This enabled timely allocations of funds to respond to unmet needs of new internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Bara Agency and continued support to IDPs in Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu and Kohat.