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09 Aug 2010 description

Baltimore, August 9, 2010 - Recent monsoon rains in Pakistan have caused the worst flooding in the country in 80 years. The floods, which began in late July, have claimed at least 1,600 lives, left more than 700,000 people homeless and have affected nearly 14 million Pakistanis, according to official reports. Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is working quickly with partners on the ground to deliver critical relief to people affected by this crisis.

16 Oct 2006 description

Baltimore, October 16, 2006 - Just over one year ago, eight-year-old Janeeta Misal lay buried beneath the collapsed remains of her Pakistani school house. She was one of only two in her class who survived the earthquake that claimed over 79,000 lives and displaced millions more.

Janeeta remains traumatized from her experiences, but the earthquake did not crush her spirit.

16 Oct 2006 description

Baltimore, October 16, 2006 - As winter approaches the north of Pakistan once again, many of those left homeless by last October's crippling earthquake are growing increasingly frustrated and newly afraid. Some even consider leaving their mountain villages once again to seek safety in the country's burgeoning cities.

30 Jan 2006 description

Baltimore, January 30, 2006 -- Fatima is fourteen years old and currently living in a camp for people made homeless by the October 8, 2005, earthquake in Pakistan. Her family comes from a small town about two hours north of Balakot, which is now intermittently cut off by severe landslides.

Fatima quickly developed a strong relationship with two staff members of Lutheran World Relief's partner agency Church World Service-Pakistan Afghanistan (CWS), Saima and Sarah, and now approaches them whenever she sees them in the camp.

23 Jan 2006 description

Baltimore, January 23, 2006 - In the days since a powerful earthquake hit northern Pakistan in October last year, killing 73,000 and leaving up to three million people homeless, the humanitarian aid community has encountered a host of challenges and is now facing its biggest test: harsh winter weather settling in over the quake-affected mountainous areas.

22 Nov 2005 description

Baltimore, November 22, 2005 - Just two or three weeks remain before winter snow cuts off access to more than 200,000 survivors of the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan. United Nations officials warned on Monday of the risk of a second humanitarian disaster if these people in the high-altitude villages do not receive adequate shelter soon. Six weeks after the quake, aid workers are still encountering injured survivors who have not yet received medical care. Disease and hunger are also an ongoing challenge for this extraordinarily complex relief effort.

25 Oct 2005 description

Balakot Province, Pakistan, October 25, 2005-The potential danger due to a lack of sanitation facilities in the earthquake-stricken areas of Pakistan, is a ticking time bomb, Bill Fellows of UNICEF told ACT International last week. Thousands upon thousands of people have no access to latrines.

20 Oct 2005 description

'Batagram, Pakistan, October 20, 2005 - The October 8 earthquake could hardly have hit a more vulnerable area. Much of the beautiful North West Frontier Province and the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir is without roads and telephones - isolating its inhabitants from the outside world. Even without specific knowledge of the extent of the devastation, Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan and Norwegian Church Aid, both members of the global alliance Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, knew people would need tents and food. And a helicopter to deliver them.

17 Oct 2005 description

Baltimore, October 17, 2005 - With the first snowfall already on the ground in parts of Pakistan and the weather getting colder by the day, a warm quilt will be a welcome gift for people who lost their homes in the earthquake and have spent days out in the elements.

17 Oct 2005 description

Baltimore, October 17, 2005 - With the first snowfall already on the ground in parts of Pakistan and the weather getting colder by the day, a warm quilt will be a welcome gift for people who lost their homes in the earthquake and have spent days out in the elements.

Lutheran World Relief is partnering with International Medical Corps to provide quilts and medical supplies to survivors of the October 8th earthquake.

11 Oct 2005 description

Baltimore, October 11, 2005 - Saturday's earthquake which struck the region bordering Pakistan and India has devastated the lives of millions of people and forced the world to mobilize yet another massive emergency relief operation. Yet the region's worst earthquake in more than 100 years may have more lingering affects than the 140 aftershocks recorded in the region. In this rugged, mountainous region of the Himalayas winter is coming...and soon.

08 Oct 2005 description


An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit parts of the south Asian subcontinent on Saturday morning. The quake was centered in the mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, near the Indian border, about 95 km (60 miles) northeast of Islamabad.

In Pakistan, early reports indicate that casualties could be in the thousands and that damage in parts of the country, especially in the north, is heavy. A government official said he had reports that several villages had been entirely destroyed.

26 Mar 2002 description

Nearly 2,000 people are feared dead and many more injured in a devastating earthquake in the mountains of northern Afghanistan, according to ACT International, the interchurch emergency alliance that includes. 20,000 people may be homeless. LWR is currently assessing new needs for aid in light of the earthquake.

29 Jan 2002 description

By Jonathan Frerichs, LWR Director for Communication, reporting on behalf of Action by Churches Together (ACT)

14 Dec 2001 description

Baltimore, December 14, 2001 -- While the hunt for the lone figure of Osama Bin Laden absorbs world media attention, reaching multitudes of cold and hungry people deep within Afghanistan preoccupies aid efforts. Snowy mountains and isolated valleys still hide the fate of hundreds of thousands, though recent field reports indicate modest successes where security conditions, road access and weather permits.

27 Nov 2001 description

While hopes of helping hungry Afghans have soared as the Taliban withdraw from much of Afghanistan, prospects for getting on with the job are still far from certain.

03 Oct 2001 description

Baltimore, October 3, 2001- With unknown numbers of Afghanistan's civilians seeking safety in rural areas or heading for camps in Pakistan and Iran, Lutheran World Relief is helping provide the water systems, shelter and bedding that will be needed for tens of thousands of refugees, and is planning further aid.

02 Oct 2001 description

The people of Afghanistan have suffered long and hard. Civilians who now fear U.S. military action against terrorists have already endured three years of severe drought. Before the drought the nation suffered 20 years of war, including invasion by the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Agriculture and the economy have sustained heavy damage. The social fabric is in tatters. Government services are minimal.