Pakistan: Earthquake - 21 Nov 2002
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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.
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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.
Geneva, 9 January, 2003 - On 21 November, 2002 a strong earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the northern areas of Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan, UN agencies, the Red Crescent, as well as several international and national NGOs contributed relief supplies, such as medicine, tents, blankets, clothes and other essential items.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Geneva, 11 December 2002 - On 21 November, 2002 a strong earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the northern areas of Pakistan. More than two weeks after the earthquake, the area is still experiencing aftershocks.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0229
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Pakistan - Earthquake
by Naheed Maalik in Islamabad
BUNJI, 29 November (IRIN) - Hundreds of villagers in a remote part of Pakistan's Northern Areas will soon be self-sufficient thanks to an irrigation project by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP).
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.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 28, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Relief goods have been distributed among earthquake victims in northern Pakistan, according to a report reaching here on Thursday.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Aftershocks and blocked roads were hampering efforts on Wednesday to help up to 15,000 people forced to sleep out in freezing temperatures in Pakistan's north following a major earthquake that killed 23 people last week.
Government officials and aid workers said all aid, including tents, medicines, clothes and blankets, had to be airlifted on military helicopters to the affected villages because there was still no road access.
"It is the most serious problem and aftershocks are preventing us from clearing the roads," a government official …
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0227
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Pakistan - Earthquake
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.