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Relief workers are increasingly concerned about the cold weather, as many earthquake survivors are still forced to spend their days either out in the open or in tents.
Providing shelter from the harsh climate is a top priority for Caritas, which has distributed nearly 3,000 winterised tents and more than 4,000 plastic sheets. "Thank you for your help," says 55-year-old Abdel, from the small mountain village of Boi. "No other NGO has made it to us yet."
As night falls, temperatures can drop to four degrees Celsius, and thunderstorms occur regularly.
By Our Reporter
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30: President General Pervez Musharraf has said education is no more a neglected sector in the country and the government is striving to bring about improvements through various measures.
Speaking at an international conference on the Future of Schools and Education here on Wednesday, he said the government would increase budgetary allocation for this vital sector from 2.7-4 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He said the annual budgetary allocations for higher education had recorded an increase from Rs600 million to over Rs40 billion.
Paris, le 30 novembre 2005 - Soutenue par une Equipe Internationale de Réponse aux Urgences de Caritas Internationalis constituée d'experts allemands, suisses, anglais, hollandais et français, Caritas Pakistan poursuit avec le soutien du Secours Catholique-Caritas France ses actions auprès des victimes du tremblement de terre.
By Kitty Logan
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 30 November 2005 -- The threat of a wave of additional deaths among quake survivors in northern Pakistan is becoming more acute with each passing day. Families continue to arrive in relief shelters, fleeing the sudden advance of winter and leaving behind villages damaged weeks ago in the disaster.
It is reported that two children exposed to the winter cold have already died of pneumonia. Sadly, it is always children who are the most vulnerable ones.
The danger arises from the cold, from poor sanitary conditions and from inadequate nutrition.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): President General Pervez Musharraf Wednesday underlined a firm commitment to building an elaborate education edifice in the quake-shattered areas and urged the private sector to join in the effort by adopting schools at grassroots level.
It's situation critical in northern Pakistan, as wintry weather descends on families without adequate cold-weather shelter in the mountainous regions rocked by October's 7.6-magnitude earthquake.
More than 1,100 Pakistanis are employed building winter shelters for homeless families as part of Mercy Corps' cash-for-work program to build 6,000 new shelters - which will accommodate up to 50,000 people - in the next fewl weeks.
In addition, the agency is helping open, furnish and supply makeshift tent schools in the Konsh and Siran valleys, where 2,500 schools were leveled or …
Disaster Assistance Center Pakistan - The U.S. Air Force handled its 250th aircraft here Tuesday as part of Operation Lifeline the humanitarian relief mission providing aid to the people affected by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake Oct. 8.
The C-130 arrived at Chaklala Air Base from Afghanistan carrying humanitarian assistance to support the Pakistani-led earthquake relief efforts.
All U.S. aid, and much of the international aid, arriving at Chaklala is handled by the 818th Contingency Response Group/24th Air Expeditionary Group, a U.S.
As rains and first snowfall of this winter added to the miseries of quake- stricken people in NWFP and AJK, the government has shifted its focus from tents to shelter houses.
"The focus has now been shifted from tents to shelter houses, so that people are settled in their own villages and valleys and are able to face the chilly weather."
Brig. Abdul Quddus Khattak told newsmen here on Monday during the visit of Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Anisa Zeb Tahirkhlei to the quake hit areas of Balakot and Shinkirai.
Provincial Minister for Bait ul Mal Ch. Muhammad Ijaz Shafi has said that Punjab Government is providing medical, shelter and financial assistance to the earthquake survivors of Azad Kashmir and NWFP and in future we will provide resources for our calamity-stricken brethren, even beyond our capacity, till their complete rehabilitation.
British Members of the House of Commons (MPs) took a great interest in Sponsorship Scheme to rebuild and rehabilitate the devastating quake-hit areas in Pakistan as they were urged to help sustain the relief operation.
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Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Shaukat Sultan has said that government is making all out efforts to ensure protective measures in the quake-hit areas against severe winter.
"We know that cold will increase in the quake-stricken areas due to rain and snowfall which normally starts after November," the ISPR DG told BBC Radio. For this reason, priority is being given to the relief operations at the areas above 5000 feet high, he said.
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MANSEHRA, 30 November (IRIN) - In scenes of panic reminiscent of the first, chaotic post-quake days, doctors at Mansehra's district headquarters hospital on Tuesday morning surround a small child who has just been brought in. The toddler's lips, like his hands, are blue and his wailing mother, Parveen, clearly fears the worst.
The Bosnian Ambassador to Pakistan, Damir Dzanko on Tuesday handed over a consignment of medicines and relief goods worth 400,000 Euros for the quake victims to Minister of State for Health Begum Shahnaz Sheikh.
The relief goods and medicines was given on behalf of the people and the Government of Bosnia. Federal Secretary Health, Syed Anwar Mahmood was also present on the occasion.
Relief and rehabilitation activities continued at full pace despite bad weather in the quake hit areas of Azad Kashmir and NWFP.
Pakistan Army in collaboration with volunteers and other welfare organizations is busy constructing shelter homes in the far-flung quake hit areas of Azad Kashmir.
Over four thousand shelter homes made of CGI sheets have been constructed in Neelum, Jhelum and Leepa valleys, PTV reported. Seventy helicopter sorties were undertaken during the last twenty-four hours in Neelum and Jhelum valleys.
Islamabad (dpa) - The U.N.'s World
Health Organisation (WHO) Wednesday expressed concern over a rise in pneumonia
cases in quake-hit Pakistani regions as many survivors, especially children,
have no proper shelter and food.
"We have cases of pneumonia which are obvious in such situation where shelter and food are still inadequate for people," the WHO's country head, Dr. Khalif Bile, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
"We have to ensure these things. Otherwise, we will see many more cases throughout winter," he said.
By Abu Arqam Naqash