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26 Apr 2015 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 16:33 GMT | 150 words

At least 20 people were killed and around 100 injured Sunday after heavy rain and winds in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar caused dozens of buildings to collapse, senior police official Mian Syed told AFP.

Riaz Khan Mehsud, a senior local government official, confirmed the toll and said the number of dead was expected to rise.

26 Apr 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 07:41 GMT

Three people were killed and 20 injured when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded Sunday in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said.

The bomb went off in the town of Sibi 130 kilometres (81 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta.

Senior police official Ghulam Ali Baluch, who gave the casualty toll, said two of the injured are in critical condition.

24 Apr 2015 description

LANDI KOTAL: The repatriation of the internally displaced persons of Bara, currently residing at Jalozai camp in Nowshera district, was finally started on Thursday.

On the first day of repatriation, 66 Akkakhel families returned to their area after spending nearly six years at the camp.

“The returning families are simply overjoyed as they were issued Voluntary Return Forms (VRF) along with ATM cards which guarantee them cash amount of Rs10,000 for the journey and an immediate cash grant of Rs25,000,” a jubilant Najib Jan told Dawn by his mobile phone from Jalozai camp.

24 Apr 2015 description

(23.04.2015) Just a couple of hours ago we received the terrible news that our dear colleague Giovanni LoPorto, who had been taken hostage almost three years ago, is dead. He was killed already in January as collateral victim in what the White House calls an "antiterrorist operation" in the frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

23 Apr 2015 description
report GAVI Alliance

Geneva, 23 April 2015 - In light of recent reports in Pakistan regarding the non-payment of vaccine workers and subsequent industrial action, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, would like to clarify the following points:

  • The health workers, known locally as ‘Gavi vaccinators’, are employees of the Pakistan government.

  • Gavi contributed to the salaries of some vaccinators in Pakistan between 2007 and 2010 through an Immunisation Services Support grant to the federal government. This support ended, as agreed, in 2010.

22 Apr 2015 description

KARACHI: A five-year-old girl was killed and a man was injured Wednesday when unknown persons hurled a hand-grenade at a residential compound near Karachi's Lyari Town office.

Two women also sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Eyewitnesses told DawnNews that unknown persons hurled a hand-grenade and fled from the area.

A huge contingent of police personnel arrived in the area.

Panic gripped the area in the aftermath of the attack.

22 Apr 2015 description

MOHAMMAD SALEEM

FAISALABAD: Zahid knew he was racing against time. With the passage of every moment, two-year old Abu Bakar, his nephew, was losing gasps and vomiting blood in his arms. It was Friday (April 17, evening).

The toddler, who had consumed a mosquito repellent, needed medical treatment urgently.

Zahid said they took the child to a clinic in the neighbourhood where the doctor advised to take him to some hospital where ventilator was available.

22 Apr 2015 description

KASHIF ABBASI

ISLAMABAD: Around 1.8 million children, nearly a tenth of all enrolled students in Pakistan, study in religious seminaries, according to a report launched by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Education Statistics 2013-14 report also reveals that there has been no significant change in enrolment at the primary school-level and the number of students enrolled in primary schools is almost at the same level as it was in 2011-12.

22 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Pakistan today signed a loan of $42.9 million for upgrading water management and irrigation systems in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), paving the way for the conflict affected tribal communities to increase their farmland productivity and income.

Mohammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary Economic Affairs Division for the Government of Pakistan, and Werner E. Liepach, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, signed the agreement.

21 Apr 2015 description

Photos and Text by Amar Guriro

Five years after Pakistan’s worst floods, thousands of displaced people continue to live makeshift lives in a slum on the outskirts of Karachi with the government doing little to help them.

It has been five years since the devastating floods of 2010 that drove Rubina Hisbani out of her village, five years of living like a refugee in a makeshift hut near Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Confronting Climate Change

  • Monsoon pattern to become clear by May & June: Chairman NDMA

  • WFP hands over Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) in Sindh

  • Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Catalyzing Cooperation: Disaster Diplomacy and its potential to shortcircuit the Climate-Conflict link

  • Muslim Aid completes two more water wells in Tharparkar

  • Steps in Karachi: ‘Restoring peace is PM’s main goal’

21 Apr 2015 description

MOHAMMAD SALEEM

FAISALABAD: Immediately after reaching the school, students of the Government Primary School for Boys, Kot Farid Mahmood Kathia, Shorkot, have to fix the lever of a hand pump. Similarly, they have to remove the lever after end of the school time to save the sole source of water from small-time thieves. They have been doing this for months.

21 Apr 2015 description

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is facing a daunting task to find out the children, who have not been covered under the polio vaccination programme, according to sources.

They said that about 35 per cent of the total missed children in every campaign were never recorded by the vaccinators and weren’t included in the polio eradication programme.

The unimmunised children put at risk the vaccinated ones and are seen as one of the two remaining obstacles in the way of anti-polio efforts. Of the total 10,000 children, names of 300 hadn’t been recorded.

21 Apr 2015 description

Maria Daud works as a project manager in the fields of food security and disaster risk reduction for the Pakistan programme at Malteser International, an NGO that is supported by the SDC. She shared her experience at the SDC’s 2015 Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Bern

How do you explain the concept of disaster risk reduction?

Disaster risk reduction reduces the vulnerability of communities in areas prone to disasters. Two approaches are central: capacity building and mitigation.