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31 Dec 2002 description

Asian Disaster Management News Vol. 8, No. 4 October-December 2002

The mountains of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region are the source of rivers that sustain the livelihoods of more than a billion people. But these rivers can pose a threat: floods regularly devastate downstream areas causing colossal damage to infrastructure and loss of lives and property. Effective and timely flood forecasting can provide one of the most cost-effective, reliable methods to reduce the negative impacts of floods.

31 Dec 2002 description

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, Dec 31: The highest foreign exchange reserves in recent years or the upsurge in the economic activities in the country has left no impact in Balochistan where life remained dull for the whole year.

The province had never been an area that had ever attracted investment, both foreign and domestic.

31 Dec 2002 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Appeal Target CHF 2,948,770. Budget revised to CHF 2,964,976

30 Dec 2002 description

DADU, Dec 30: At least 200 villages of Johi, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Kotri, Thana Bula Khan, and Mehar Talukas have been facing a drought-like situation since the last three years due to scarcity of rain.

Almost half the population has abandoned their houses in search of food and water.

According to a survey conducted by this correspondent in the western belt of the district, 50 per cent wells had dried up while the water in 20 per cent of the wells had turned brackish.

The villagers said that hundreds of cattle heads had perished or had been infected with fatal diseases.

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30 Dec 2002 description

Five hundred of the families - some 3,500 people - affected by a November 21 earthquake in northern Pakistan have received quilts (four per family), sweaters, and shawls, through CWS Pakistan/ Afghanistan and local implementing partner Islamic Relief. Six villages in the Diamer district of the Astore valley were the most severely affected; 19 people were killed. The quake seriously damaged roads, infrastructure, and electricity, and cut off roadways leading into the valley.

27 Dec 2002 description
report Xinhua

ISLAMABAD, Dec 27, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An agreement was signed here on Friday between the Chinese and Pakistani governments for China's provision of grant relief items for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Zhang Chunxiang and Pakistani Secretary of Economic Affairs Division Waqar Masood Khan signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments.

Copyright 2002 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

Copyright (c) 2002 Comtex News Network
Received by NewsEdge Insight: 12/27/2002 02:35:54

23 Dec 2002 description

By Our Correspondent

GILGIT, Dec 23: A tribal jirga and political parties of Diamer district decided on Sunday to allocate over 670 acres of land at Gunloodass for the permanent rehabilitation of the quake victims belonging to Tatu, Ferry Meadows, Muthait and Raikot areas.

SEISMIC ACTIVITY: A senior geologist of the Geological Survey of Pakistan, Kanwar Sabir Ali Khan, told newsmen at a news briefing the other day that seismic activity in the district would continue for another month, as two continental plates were in the process of continuous collision.

20 Dec 2002 description

December 20, 2002, Baltimore, MD - As frigid weather increasingly grips the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, relief efforts are underway to provide Afghan refugees in Pakistan with winter clothing, blankets, improved tents and heating stoves. Less than a week after sub-freezing temperatures killed at least 40 children on the Afghan side of the border, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is distributing winterization materials in refugee camps in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, several miles from the Afghan border.

20 Dec 2002 description


The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events (available online). To date, 130 countries have ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and an additional 16 have signed it. The most recent accessions are Afghanistan (11 September), Comoros (19 September) and Central African Republic (8 November), while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September) and Gambia (23 September).

20 Dec 2002 description

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18 Dec 2002 description

Appeal Number: 6952
Appeal Amount: $151,343

18 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

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17 Dec 2002 description

Islamabad (dpa) - Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf Tuesday reassured Afghan's Vice President Hedayat Amin Arsala of his country's commitment for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of war-torn Afghanistan.

At a meeting in Islamabad, the two leaders also reiterated determination of their respective governments to enhance bilateral relations particularly in the field of trade and commerce, an official statement said after the talks ended.

16 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 16 December (IRIN) - The situation in the five displacement and asylum-seeker camps scattered across the border close to the western Pakistani border town of Chaman and the southeastern Afghan town of Spin Buldak across the border is improving following the deaths of at least 12 children earlier this month during an unexpectedly harsh cold spell.