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A powerful earthquake struck southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, demolishing homes and causing hundreds of people to lose their lives and many casualties.
The 7.7-magnitude tremor hit Baluchistan province’s Awaran district, an area prone to quakes and other disasters. ShelterBox was already working with the Asian country’s National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) in the region distributing emergency shelter to families displaced by recent flooding when it struck.
Barkat is 80 years old. He and his wife were home in the village of Shand in Pakistan when the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the region of Mashkail last month. They lost everything, their belongings and their house. They were forced to live in the open air as Barkat did not have the energy to build a shelter. They were exposed to the elements as well as insects. They were about to lose hope when Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) found them and gave them a ShelterBox disaster relief tent.
ShelterBox tents are en route to help displaced families in Mashkail, an area in Balochistan Province in south-western Pakistan that has been the most affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which hit inside southern Iran near the Pakistan border on 16 April.
The violent tremors flattened much of Mashkail and the surrounding region including houses and shops. Media reports are saying national relief efforts have been delayed due to the isolation of the area.
Torrential monsoon rains in Pakistan over the past few weeks have left tens of thousands of people homeless in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
ShelterBox has been distributing emergency shelter using prepositioned stocks in Islamabad to families affected in these provinces through the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), a not-for-profit organisation in the South Asian country.
There is still a massive need in Pakistan five weeks after the country's worst flooding in living memory began.
The floods have submerged an area bigger than the UK and as they move south they are continuing to cause havoc. Thousands of families are still in urgent need of food, clean water and shelter in Pakistan's Sindh province.
In the past four days, UK-based international disaster relief charity ShelterBox has provided shelter for thousands of families in Sindh, working in the city of Thatta.
Wednesday, 01 September 2010
Cornish-based international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox, is stepping up its aid effort after uncovering hundreds of families marooned by rising floodwater in a largely 'forgotten' province of Pakistan.
As flood waters subside in northern Pakistan over 300,000 people have been evacuated from the historic town of Thatta in the southern province of Sindh as the River Indus swells.
The need in the south is now absolutely desperate says ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Mark Pearson.
'The current aid effort is concentrated in the …
Friday, 13 August 2010
International disaster relief charity ShelterBox is sending enough aid for another 200 families into Pakistan.
A further 200 emergency shelter boxes will leave ShelterBox and will fly from France to Islamabad, Pakistan by the French military at no cost.
The boxes will then be distributed in partnership with the French Embassy Islamabad and National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan.
ShelterBox partners have already distributed over 1,000 ShelterBox tents to displaced families.
More ShelterBoxes en-route to Pakistan
Thursday, 11 August 2010
200 ShelterBoxes are due to leave ShelterBox headquarters tomorrow (12 August) destined for Pakistan and more boxes will follow.
These boxes are in addition to the pre-positioned ShelterBox tents which are currently being distributed in the flood-hit country.
The boxes will be flown to Islamabad, Pakistan, where they will be distributed to displaced families by ShelterBox local partners, the NRSP (National Rural Support Programme).
Each ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, a stove, …
Monday, August 2, 2010
Homes washed away, infrastructure destroyed and hundreds dead. This is the scene in Pakistan after the worst flooding in more than 80 years.
406 ShelterBoxes, from international disaster relief charity ShelterBox, have already been distributed to families rescued from the floods in the Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK) regions. A further 600 ShelterBoxes are set to be distributed in the next 24 hours.
Each ShelterBox disaster relief tent, made by Vango, can house an extend family of up to ten people.
International disaster relief charity ShelterBox is dispatching urgently needed aid to alleviate the growing humanitarian crisis in Pakistan where hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing the fighting between the army and militants in the north west of the country.
ShelterBox Response Team member Mark Pearson (UK) is in the country to coordinate the distribution of 250 ShelterBoxes, 224 relief tents, 250 heavy duty tents and 380 'family kits' of essential equipment which have now arrived.
Friday 5th December 2008: International disaster relief charity ShelterBox has taken the lead in alleviating the plight of the 70,000 people left homeless by the late October earthquakes in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan by providing more shelter than any other British charity.
International disaster relief charity ShelterBox is responding to a request for assistance after an earthquake hit Pakistan on Wednesday.
A ShelterBox Response Team departed for Pakistan yesterday to distribute an initial 200 ShelterBoxes. More boxes are likely to follow.
The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Ziarat valley in the southwestern province of Baluchistan just before dawn, causing landslides and reportedly killing more than 200 people.