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The quake caused comparatively little damage. The epicentre was deep underground.
The epicentre of the 26 October earthquake was around 200 kilometres underground. Despite a 7.7 magnitude the earthquake caused comparatively little damage in all affected countries. The official death toll has risen to at least 360, hundreds of people were injured.
The earth was trembling for 45 seconds, luckily there is little damage
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1. Introduction and background
This report presents the results of a post-distribution monitoring survey that was conducted between 2 and 9 March 2015 to assess the effectiveness of winter assistance provided by six organisations (ADRA, DRC, Islamic Relief, VUSAF, Welthungerhilfe, WFP) to 51 Kabul Informal Settlements (KIS) during the winter 2014/2015. The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Kabul Informal Settlements Task Force.
1.1. Kabul Informal Settlements
(20.09.2011) Welthungerhilfe is helping the victims of the latest flooding in the Sindh province in southern Pakistan. Over four million people have been affected by the flooding; almost one million houses have been destroyed; and more than 220,000 people are living in encampments, having lost everything. Welthungerhilfe is providing 10,000 tarpaulins and 5,000 hygiene parcels containing buckets, soap, mosquito nets and pots and pans.
Annual report: Review of 2010 - a year of disasters: the challenge of reconstruction in Pakistan and Haiti
Welthungerhilfe stands by the flood victims over the long term
Bonn, 25.08.2010. The continuing flooding presents the people of Pakistan with a challenge that they will never be able to overcome on their own. "The international community and the aid agencies are consequently facing a huge task that will take several years to complete.
Bonn, 23.08.2010. In ARD's Anne Will programme on Sunday, Welthungerhilfe's Chairperson, Bärbel Dieckmann, stressed that the humanitarian aid is producing results. "We are hearing on a daily basis how infinitely grateful people are for the aid that we and our partners are jointly providing in the flood-hit areas", says Dieckmann. So far, more than 100,000 people in five districts have received food, tarpaulins, tents, blankets and sanitary articles such as soap.
Bonn, 13.08.2010 Welthungerhilfe is extending its financial support for the victims of the flooding, and is providing a total of 500,000 euros. The money is being used to buy additional aid goods locally, which will be distributed amongst those in need over the coming days and weeks.
In a joint operation between Welthungerhilfe and its long-standing European partners, Concern and Cesvi, as well as local Pakistani organisations, the aid goods are being transported to the affected villages in trucks.
Bonn, 10.08.2010 The situation in the flood areas in Pakistan is still disastrous. The UN estimates that over 13 million people have been affected by the flood waters. Aid is urgently required since people lack even the most basic essentials. "50 years' of progress have been wiped out overnight", reports Concern employee, Mubashir Ahmad.
Welthungerhilfe is warning that the continuing fighting in the north of Pakistan could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe if those affected do not receive aid quickly. 'The number of refugees from the disputed Swat Valley has increased to at least 1.4 million - which roughly corresponds to the population of Munich' reports Marco Obermüller, Welthungerhilfe's Desk Officer in Pakistan.
Many families are forced by the dramatic situation to leave their houses and their home region for an indefinite period of time.
In two districts (Madan and Swabi) in the north of Pakistan Welthungerhilfe is supplying over 5,000 people in refugee camps with hand pumps for clean drinking water, building latrines and washing facilities to improve conditions of hygiene, and providing blankets and cooking utensils
The Swat Valley in the north of Pakistan has been a battleground between government troops and Taliban fighters for months.
Some 80,000 people were killed by the devastating earthquake in Pakistan on 8th October 2005. Almost 3.5 million became homeless and lost their entire belongings. The province of Bagh in the country's mountainous north, around 70 kilometres from the epicentre, was particularly severely hit. The emotional damage suffered by many people, however, is often worse than physical injury.
Bonn/Islamabad, 6.10.2006. During the year following the severe earthquake in Pakistan, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action) has been able to care for about 100.000 people living under difficult conditions.
At the end of July 2006 Deutsche Welthungerhilfe has started with the rehabilitation of water supply systems in some earthquake affected communities in northern Pakistan. The core problem are the declining water resources and simultaneously the increase in population.
After the devastating earthquake on 8th of October 2005 more than 80.000 people in the provinces North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir lost their lives, more than 3,5 million people where affected. In vast areas over 90% of infrastructure was destroyed.
Bonn, 7.4.2006. Half a year after the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action) has completed the distribution of relief supplies and begun the task of reconstruction. Water supply pipes are being repaired in forty villages. The pipes, which ran overground, were ripped to pieces by the violent tremors.
Following heavy snowfall three days ago Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action) now expects a difficult period for relief operations as the weather conditions in northern Pakistan may worsen. Only today, with the snow melting, has it been possible to get trucks back into the project areas in the Kashmir region and North-West Frontier Province. "But there's a very high likelihood that the weather will turn," says Mike Bratzke, who is in charge of logistics for Deutsche Welthungerhilfe in Pakistan. "It's as race against the winter."
Wintry weather has descended on Pakistan. After the earthquake, it was cold and damp and blustery. During the day it was ten degrees, at night below five. Now temperatures have dropped well below zero. Immediately after the disaster struck, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action) concentrated on erecting temporary shelter made of corrugated iron sheeting and brick walls rather than tents.
Bonn, 27.10.2005. Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action) is providing one million euros for the care of earthquake victims in Pakistan. The funding is to help 10,000 people in the district of Bagh and the North-West Frontier Province. "What the people now need above all is corrugated iron sheeting, nails and tools so they can build winter-proof shelters from the rubble of their houses," said R=FCdiger Ehrler German Agro Action's co-ordinator on his return from the region.