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SOS Emergency Relief Centre, Rawalpindi
There has been some delay in our "Search and Rescue" operation as we were sorting out formalities with the various agencies involved. We now have all the clearances necessary and have resumed the operation.
To date, we have admitted 78 children and, of these, 31 have been moved to Lahore where they are housed in the National Training Centre.
On 12 December, SOS Children's Villages Ambassador Princess Salimah Aga Khan accompanied a cargo flight transporting 100 tons of much needed relief goods from Germany to quake-hit Pakistan. Conrad Hilton III joined the Princess on her trip.
SOS Children's Villages is providing the medical group Operation Heartbeat with a fully equipped tented hospital which will be set up in Chakkaz, a mountainous town at an altitude of 2,400 metres in earthquake-hit Kashmir. Chakkaz has a population of 120,000 and not a single hospital or medical centre.
The tented hospital consists of ten weatherproof tents, medicine, medical equipment, beds, blankets, an electricity generator and four medically equipped backpacks.
Over the past week, a "search and rescue" team of SOS Children's Villages has been looking for unaccompanied children in the earthquake-stricken regions of northern Pakistan.
There are currently 27 children and four widowed women at the emergency shelter of SOS Children's Villages in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, and a further group is expected to arrive this evening.
The "search and rescue" team of SOS Children's Villages is searching all field hospitals and camps in and around Muzaffarabad in search of unaccompanied children. After being identified, the children are then assembled at the children's village in Muzaffarabad, before one of the nurses of SOS Children's Villages accompanies them to Rawalpindi.
SOS Children's Villages to care for unaccompanied children at its Rawalpindi shelter
More than two weeks after the devastating earthquake in South Asia, thousands of children are still in need of basic aid. As approved by the governments of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir, SOS Children's Villages is searching for unaccompanied children and women in Muzaffarabad and surroundings, and is bringing them to the organisation's emergency relief shelter in Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
More than two weeks after the devastating earthquake which ripped through large areas of Northern Pakistan and India, thousands of survivors including many children, are still homeless and in need of emergency aid. The relief efforts of SOS Children's Villages for survivors in quake-hit Azad Kashmir continue.
Today, a plane carrying some 80,000 units of energy bars and 100,000 surgical masks, equipped with three layers and which also serve for the protection of droplet infection, arrived at the airport in Islamabad.
SOS Children's Villages ready to care for hundreds of unaccompanied children in Pakistan
The exact number of children who have been orphaned or separated from their families as a result of the October 8 earthquake is still unknown, as rescue workers continue to airlift children from the disaster regions. SOS Children's Villages Pakistan is prepared to provide safe shelter and care for hundreds of affected and unaccompanied children and women.
Following the devastating earthquake which ripped through large areas of Northern Pakistan and India on 8 October, all the SOS Children's Villages in the area, apart from that in Muzaffarabad, appear to have suffered only minimal damage. SOS Children's Villages Pakistan has begun providing emergency assistance.
SOS Children's Villages Pakistan has established an emergency programme for the survivors of the earthquake in Jammu und Kashmir. Emergency rations of dried food, milk and water for 1,000 people are being flown to Muzaffarabad.