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30 Apr 2003 description

ISLAMABAD, 30 April (IRIN) - Thousands of victims from last November's earthquakes which rocked parts of Pakistan's Northern Areas are to be returned to where they lived and will receive compensation from the government.

07 Apr 2003 description

Experts from Iran and nine neighbouring countries will cooperate in identifying ways to reduce the risks posed by such natural disasters as drought and earthquakes, which can undermine development gains and worsen poverty.

31 Jan 2003 description

Islamabad (dpa) - Landslides triggered by overnight tremors blocked the vital Gilgit-Astor road in northern Pakistan on Friday, news reports said.

At least eight tremors had hit by Friday morning, rolling down boulders on the road and breaking power lines in the Himalayan region, according to the private Pakistani television channel Geo.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties. Gilgit-Astor road is a section of the strategic Karakoram Highway that links Pakistan with China.

02 Jan 2003 description

Islamabad, 02 January 2003 - The Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Hasan Kemal Gur called on Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri this afternoon in the Foreign Office and presented a cheque of US$ 100,000 for the help of the earthquake victims of in the Northern Areas of Gilgit and Astore valley. He added that the Turkish Government will also send a plane carrying more relief goods for the affected people. He said that the Turkish Government was willing to provide all kind of additional assistance as and when required.

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

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.

28 Nov 2002 description
report UN Children's Fund

ISLAMABAD, 28 November 2002 - UNICEF rushed in its second shipment of relief assistance to the earthquake victims in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The consignment, comprising health supplies for 10,000 people to address first-aid, respiratory infections and common diseases, was delivered to the local civil administration for vulnerable people in the relief camps.

26 Nov 2002 description

GILGIT, 26 November (IRIN) - The Pakistani military in the country's Northern Areas has appealed for more relief items, following further tremors in the Astor Valley on Sunday night. The latest quakes bring to over 35,000 the number of people affected in the region.

25 Nov 2002 description

ASTORE VALLEY, 25 November (IRIN) - With temperatures dropping to minus 10 at night, fears are growing that a further humanitarian disaster is likely to befall thousands of quake victims displaced from their homes in Pakistan's northern areas.

22 Nov 2002 description

This Bulletin is being issued for information purposes only. The Federation will issue additional updates if the situation changes and if additional assistance to local efforts is required.

22 Nov 2002 description

ISLAMABAD, 22 November (IRIN) - Efforts continued on Friday to provide relief to thousands affected by a moderate earthquake one day earlier in northern Pakistan. At least 23 people were killed and scores injured in the sparsely populated Astore Valley near the northern city of Gilgit, approximately 400 km north of the capital, Islamabad.

18 Nov 2002 description

ISLAMABAD, Nov 18: The Unicef has rushed in assessment teams and supplies to the evacuees of the three earthquakes in the Northern Areas at the makeshift camp set up at Gonar Farm, near Gilgit.

The earthquakes and the after shocks on Nov 2 and 3 had caused considerable loss of the life and left thousands homeless.

"As the lead agency for women and children, it is Unicef's role to ensure that in any emergency, their needs are addressed first and foremost. With winter setting in, they are particularly vulnerable," said Unicef Representative Carroll Long.

17 Nov 2002 description

By Our Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Nov 17: The affected people of the earthquakes, which jolted three valleys of Diamir district in the Northern Areas in the first week of this month, are facing great hardships due to non-availability of clean drinking water , fuel and non-existence of sanitation facilities at their camps, says a report of the United Nations Children's Fund issued here on Sunday.

16 Nov 2002 description
report UN Children's Fund

ISLAMABAD, 16 November 2002 - In the aftermath of the three earthquakes which jolted the Northern Areas of Pakistan on November 2 & 3, causing considerable loss of life and leaving thousands destitute and homeless, UNICEF responded by sending in a rapid assessment team and providing supplies to evacuees at the makeshift camp at Gonar farm near Gilgit.

12 Nov 2002 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0221
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Pakistan - Earthquake

11 Nov 2002 description

ISLAMABAD, 11 November (IRIN) - The evacuation of those affected by last week's moderate earthquake in northern Pakistan is nearing completion. In one of the most difficult and largest relief operations undertaken by Pakistani army helicopters, over 2,000 people were rescued and moved to safer locations.

08 Nov 2002 description

ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 (APP): A relief camp has been established for the affectees of quake near Jaglot about 50 km from Gilgit, where around 2000 affectees rescued by Army Aviation have been shifted in the camp. The relief camp has been established, according to the ISPR, in collaboration with civil administration where food, clothing, shelter and medicines are being provided to the victims of the earthquake that hit northern areas recently.

07 Nov 2002 description

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