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29 Dec 2006 description

ISLAMABAD: Efforts by International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support winterization plans of the Camp Support Team and the government are ensuring solid structures, a better living condition and protection of displaced people in earthquake-affected areas this winter.

In less than four weeks, ten IOM construction teams, each comprising 3 carpenters and 4 labourers, have built nearly 250 tent shelters made of wood and bamboos and roofed with corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets in Chattar Kalas and Agro Tech Industrial Area camps in Muzaffarabad district.

By the end of …

29 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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ISLAMABAD, 29 December (IRIN) - Following a heavy turnout, Pakistani authorities on Friday announced they would be extending a nationwide Afghan registration campaign for another three weeks to register as many eligible Afghans as possible.

The US $6 million exercise, which began on 15 October, was scheduled to conclude by the end of December, which will now continue until 19 January.

The drive is aimed at providing millions of Afghan refugees living in the country with official identification for a …

27 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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PESHAWAR, 27 December (IRIN) - The Pakistani government's plan to lay landmines and build a fence along its border with Afghanistan has been condemned by humanitarian groups.

It follows criticism from Kabul and the US that Pakistan has not been doing enough to stop pro-Taliban militia from crossing into Afghanistan.

Pakistan's military has been ordered to survey what is needed to lay landmines in "selected places" and build the fence along the 2,400 km border.

Asma Jahangir, the …

25 Dec 2006 description

It has been more than a year since the October 2005 earthquake hit Pakistan. Tens of thousands of displaced families are facing another winter in tents despite some progress in rebuilding the affected region.

22 Dec 2006 description

ISLAMABAD: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed an agreement to rebuild healthcare facilities in earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK) and NWFP.

The agreement, endorsed by Hassan Abdel Moneim Mostafa, IOM Regional Representative for West and Central Asia and Dr France Donnay, Representative of UNFPA in Pakistan, will focus on construction of prefabricated units to provide easy-to-access healthcare services to communities living in remote and high-altitude areas.

According to latest …

22 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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ABBOTTABAD, 22 December (IRIN) - The massive challenge of restoring local government capacity across the quake zone of northern Pakistan is gathering momentum - thanks to a multi-million-dollar international initiative.

Hundreds of government buildings were severely damaged or destroyed when last year's disaster tore through the country's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistani-administered Kashmir crippling administration infrastructure in an area already poorly resourced.

The 18-month …

22 Dec 2006 description

Fierce fighting between NATO troops and insurgents in southern Afghanistan has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing from their homes in a new wave of displacement. Although numbers are unverified, the government said that more than 20,000 families had been displaced due to the fighting in the provinces of Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan as of November 2006.

In addition to this new wave of displacement, some 132,000 people - most of them displaced since 2001-2002, remained in relief camps as of September 2006.

22 Dec 2006 description
report JEN

1) Basic Information

Situation after the Disaster

A devastating earthquake of 7.6 in magnitude hit the northern part of Pakistan on 8 th October 2005. The death toll reached over 70,000 in the North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) and Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), in addition to 3,5 million survivors affected by the disaster. People lost their houses and all their belongings.

22 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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ISLAMABAD, 22 December (IRIN) - Pakistan's earthquake of October 2005, the worst natural disaster in the country's history, served as a window of opportunity for empowering Pakistani women and enabling them to take an active role in building disaster-resilient communities, noted this year's World Disasters Report of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

IFRC's annual account has devoted a whole chapter on gender impacts of disasters, with a particular …

21 Dec 2006 description

The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners.

21 Dec 2006 description
report Malteser

Cologne/Muzaffarabad/Kabul. On the occasion of the first winter relief distribution in the district of Muzaffarabad, the German Ambassador in Islamabad, Dr. Gunter Mulack, explicitly acclaimed the commitment of Malteser International by saying: "Here, the cooperation between a Christian and Muslim NGO perfectly works!" Ten thousands of victims of the devastating earthquake in Pakistanare still in need of support.

21 Dec 2006 description
report ACTED

Extract

ACTED Afghanistan: The use of puppets to foster a new approach to hygiene education

Breaking new ground in hygiene education in Afghanistan, ACTED has produced a puppet show to be aired on nation-wide television. ACTED has been implementing water sanitation and hygiene education projects, with the support of UNDP, the European Commission and the Afghan Ministry for Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), with the aim to assist drought affected areas in Baghlan and Faryab provinces.

21 Dec 2006 description
report World Bank

Across the world, natural disasters are growing in number and destructiveness, and their human toll is escalating. In the past twenty years alone, more than 4 billion people have been affected by natural catastrophes - from floods, cyclones, and tsunami, to earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions.

20 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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DARRA ADAM KHEL, 20 December (IRIN) - It is not uncommon to hear the sound of gunfire in the small town of Darra Adam Khel, 42 miles south of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Pakistan's rugged North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

In fact, a deafening volley sounds out every few minutes in the town's dusty main bazaars, as traders or buyers test out the weapons on sale at the many shops lined along the market.

Darra Adam Khel, for over a century, has been the centre of locally manufactured arms …

20 Dec 2006 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children provides winter warmth for earthquake-affected children facing another harsh winter

Thousands of children in Northern Pakistan whose lives were turned upside down by the South Asia earthquake in October 2005 will be given warm clothes, blankets, shoes, and coats by Save the Children to help get them through the winter.

Between 22nd December and 28th December, Save the Children will be distributing over 8,400 sets of children's clothing - 4,200 in Muzzafarabad and 4,200 in Bagh, the two areas that were worst affected by the disaster.

20 Dec 2006 description

TARNOL, Pakistan, December 20 (UNHCR) - They have been called the building blocks of Pakistan, making bricks from dawn to dusk to help fuel the country's growth. But the Afghan brick-makers in places like Tarnol are themselves walled in by poverty and debt in a foreign land.

Life is hard for the 200 Afghans who work here on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. They live in flimsy huts in an industrial wasteland littered with smoke-spewing chimney stacks. Work starts after the morning prayers and ends with the sunset prayers.

19 Dec 2006 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 19 December 2006, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By the end of today in Pakistan, we expect to have registered 1 million Afghans in an ongoing government registration exercise to find durable solutions for one of the largest groups of concern to UNHCR today.

The registration of Afghans in Pakistan started in October and is expected to end on December 31.

19 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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ISLAMABAD, 19 December (IRIN) - Over a million Afghans living in Pakistan have been registered in a drive to provide them with official identification for a three-year period, UN officials said on Tuesday.

After an initial slow start in mid-October, the registration campaign has accelerated in recent weeks, with over 1,030,000 Afghans having registered with Pakistani authorities.

"With just two weeks to go before the exercise ends on 31 December, as many as 28,000 Afghans are being registered daily in …

18 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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LAHORE, 18 December (IRIN) - For the past week, Mansoor Alam, 32, a cook working at a private home in the Punjab capital Lahore, has been visiting other relatives scattered across the city.

He is seeking space to house the families of his two brothers, who travelled down from their village near Muzaffarabad, the quake-ravaged capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, a short while ago.

For the moment, the eight people, comprising Mansoor's two sister-in-laws and their children, are living in his …