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In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another one C-130 sortie was sent today carrying 3000 Tarpaulin.
A total 18xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.
The total relief dispatched so far includes 2531 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 17000 Tarpaulin Shelters, 20 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.
1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE
When the refugee influx began from North Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces, many humanitarian agencies thought the situation would be short-term. However as the operations expanded and there have been reports of destroyed property and infrastructure, refugee families are planning to stay longer. As a result, different interventions are needed, in particular livelihoods as families have exhausted their resources and need additional resources.
In 2015, the authorities plan to facilitate the return of over 170,000 families to the de-notified areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). As of 21 May 2015, 26,946 families have returned including 1,551 unregistered families to South Waziristan Agency (SWA). An Inter-cluster assessment mission visited the de-notified areas North Waziristan Agency (NWA) to assess the humanitarian situation, identify the needs of the returning population, and to determine the feasibility of supporting returns.
QUETTA: 51 union councils in Balochistan have been declared to be at a 'high risk' for polio virus by the Balochistan Polio Emergency Cell.
Provincial Coordinator Emergency Cell Dr Saifur Rehman said environmental samples of polio virus had already been found in the Quetta and Killa Abdullah districts of the province.
In Quetta, the environmental samples were found in Khazai, Western Bypass and other areas of the city, he said.
Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 18:05 GMT
At least four people were killed and eight others were wounded on Monday when sectarian clashes broke out in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.
"Three members of the Shiite Hazara tribe were killed by the unknown gunmen, while a Sunni man died in the wake of the firing by protesting Hazara youth," city police chief Abdul Razzak Cheema told AFP.
"Eight others, including two Shiite women, received bullet injuries," he said.
Islamabad May 22, 2015 - Pakistan has witnessed 70 % reduction in polio cases this year. In terms of point in time comparison, there is 70% reduction in cases from 78 in 2014 to just 23 polio cases in 2015.
In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another two C-130 sortie were sent today carrying Tents120, Rice 13 ton and Tarpaulin 2000.
A total 17xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.
Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 06:14 GMT
Three people were killed and four others injured when Baluch separatists targeted a convoy carrying the Pakistani president's son in the southwestern province of Baluchistan late Sunday night, police said.
ISLAMABAD: A summery has been moved to the Prime Minister Office to ensure that the latest recommendations of Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) are strictly implemented to eradicate the crippling disease.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been requested to convene a meeting of the National Task Force (NTF) on polio eradication, said an official in the ministry of national health services on the condition of anonymity.
QUETTA: The United Nations refugee agency has initiated an education project in Ziarat under a programme aimed at improving educational facilities in various districts of Balochistan.
The first-of-its-kind project was launched through the partner organisations of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) and the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees.
Under the project, a students’ hostel and multipurpose hall will be built and gymnasium equipment provided for teachers of Al Hijrah School in Ziarat.
In June 2014, military operations in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan led to the displacement of some 300,000 people to surrounding districts of Khost and Paktika in Afghanistan. The border and population remains fluid with refugees crossing in and out of Afghanistan on a regular basis. UNHCR is currently undertaking a re-verification process. As of 18 May, the total re-verified active caseload is 32,543 1 families (205,113 individuals) with 22,973 families (154,343 individuals) in Khost and 9,570 families (50,770 individuals) in Paktika.
In April 2015, a total of 9,287 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 9,087 came from Pakistan 199 from Iran and 1 from India. This figure is nearly 5 times higher compared to April 2014, and is also 80% higher compared to 5,173 returnees in March 2015. In the first four months of 2015, a total of 21,505 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program. The majority (20,576) came from Pakistan and 889 from Iran.
In April 2015, a total of 9,287 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 9,087 came from Pakistan 199 from Iran and 1 from India. This figure is nearly 5 times higher compared to April 2014, and is also 80% higher compared to 5,173 returnees in March 2015.
In the first four months of 2015, a total of 21,505 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program.
A conference on enhancing civic engagement in the Local Government Act of 2013 was held in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The plenary session started with the opening remarks of Prof Dr Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi, head of the Cell for FATA Studies, University of Peshawar elaborated the concept and objectives of the conference. He said that Local government is a democracy at gross root level. It is a reflection of federalism at local level with a quench of thirst for satisfying needs of the people in their own councils.
By Raheel Khan
Parachanar, FATA - Thanks to community awareness, motivation and education, Upper Kurram Agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas has been a polio free zone for the last 16 years. “It’s an honour for us that Upper Kurram has not reported a single polio case since 1999.” says Dr. Mueen Begum, senior health official, proudly.
22nd May 2015
In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another C-130 sortie were sent today carrying 362 tents.
A total 15xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.
The total relief dispatched so far includes 2411 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 12925 Tarpaulin Shelters, 7 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.