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12 Aug 2011 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 12 August 2011 (IRIN) - Most people in Pakistan and around the world have forgotten the victims of the 8 October 2005 earthquake which killed 73,000 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province (KP).

Other disasters have since intervened such as the 2010 floods, diverting attention and assistance.

08 Jul 2011 description


The outgoing head of the ICRC delegation in Pakistan, Pascal Cuttat, talks about coping simultaneously with the consequences of armed violence, natural disaster and a changing security environment in the country over the last three years.

27 Apr 2011 description

sted in Issue 115 - April 2011 News from PAHO/WHO

In December 2010, 26 experts from the international humanitarian community met in Cuba to discuss the use of field hospitals and foreign medical teams during emergency situations. The meeting was organized by PAHO/WHO and included representatives from international organizations, NGOs, and other interested parties coming from the Americas, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions.

28 Oct 2010 description

Three months following devastating flooding in Pakistan, a Church World Service (CWS) staff member in Pakistan stated: "The loss remains incomprehensible, especially for those who repeatedly witnessed a series of hardships over the past decade, including other floods, earthquakes and civil conflict."

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to respond to the needs of flood-affected families in Pakistan. In cooperation with our ecumenical partners CWS and members of ACT Alliance, more than 100,000 people have received food, medical care and/or tents.

Once emergency …

08 Oct 2010 description
report AlertNet

08 Oct 2010 12:00:00 GMT

Written by: Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI (AlertNet) - As millions of Pakistanis struggle to survive the impact caused by this year's devastating floods, the country is also marking the fifth anniversary of a more deadly disaster on Friday -- a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the northwest of the country.

Pakistan is vulnerable to earthquakes, cyclones, droughts, floods, landslides and avalanches, as well as conflict-related crises or "complex emergencies" related to the presence of militant groups

Here is a list of humanitarian emergencies in …

06 Aug 2010 description

August 6, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan * Of the current situation in Pakistan, Pakistan-based staff members of Church World Service offer the following reflection:

In the five years since the 2005 earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan, not one year has gone by in which the people of Pakistan have not suffered from disaster.

15 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

MUZZAFARABAD , 15 November 2009 (IRIN) - Rameesha Butt, 12, remembers being trapped in her classroom as the horror of the October 2005 earthquake that killed at least 73,000 people in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistan-administered Kashmir unfolded around her.

"Our school was very old, and many of the walls collapsed. I was not hurt badly, but it was terrifying to see bricks and mortar fall all around us.

11 Nov 2009 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:2010/135/SDN

ROME, November 11, 2009 - The World Bank and the Italian Civil Protection Department (CPD) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join efforts towards advancing the agenda of disaster risk reduction, sustainable recovery, and reconstruction in disaster-prone developing countries. The signing took place at the Civil Protection Command and Control Direction in L'Aquila, in a ceremony hosted by Mr.

03 Sep 2009 description
report Spapev

Islamabad, Sep 3rd, 2009: The custodian of two holy mosques, King Abudllah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud has sent special dates weighing 50 tons, for onward distribution among the October 8, 2005 Earthquake affectees.

Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims (SPAPEV)'s Regional Director while collecting the cartons filled with special dates from Saudi Arabia, told newsmen here that

" These packets of dates would be distributed among the quake affectees of AJK and NWFP.

This special consignment was sent under the instructions of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in a …

05 Aug 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

Par Ann M. Veneman

En mars dernier lors d'une visite de terrain à Gaza après que la région ait été dévastée par les bombardements soutenus et le conflit, j'ai visité un centre de secours o=F9, grâce à l'art, les jeunes enfants étaient encouragés à exprimer leurs sentiments. On dit souvent qu'une image peut exprimer mille mots. Mais ce que j'ai vu, 'il n'y avait aucun mot pour le décrire.

Les jeunes enfants que j'ai rencontrés m'ont montré leurs dessins, dont beaucoup représentaient des roquettes visant leur maison.

05 Aug 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Ann M. Veneman

Last March on a visit to Gaza after the region was devastated by constant bombing and conflict, I toured a relief center where young children were encouraged to express their feelings through art. It is often said that a picture can speak a thousand words.

31 Jul 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, USA, 31 July 2009 - UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action are commemorating World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2009, by underscoring the vital importance of breastfeeding during emergencies.

Globally, only 38 percent of infants under the age of six months are exclusively breastfed, though research shows that optimal breastfeeding is the single most effective preventive intervention for reducing infant mortality.

"Breast milk offers an excellent source of nutrition for infants and, especially where clean water is lacking, helps keep young children …

23 Jul 2009 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Cruz Roja Española ha contribuido con más de 143.000 euros al llamamiento realizado por la Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja, para atender las necesidades urgentes de las familias desplazadas por la crisis humanitaria que afecta a la zona noroccidental de Pakistán, siempre en colaboración con la Media Luna Roja Pakistaní.

05 Jul 2009 description
report IRIN

LAHORE, 5 July 2009 (IRIN) - The recent conflict-related population displacements in northwestern Pakistan - with some two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) http://ochaonline.un.org/OchaLinkClick.aspx?link=ocha&docId=1111727 - are the biggest in over 50 years, but by no means the only recent displacements.

Floods, …

27 Jun 2009 description

Foreword: A year of challenges

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2008 Annual Report for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

For the millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflict worldwide, 2008 was a year of enormous challenges. More than 211 million people were affected by natural disasters, with more than 238,000 killed and US$200 billion in damages, making 2008 one of the most devastating years in terms of human and material losses.

22 Jun 2009 description

BRUSSELS (22 June 2009) - The European Commission congratulates Development Workshop France (DWF) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FHA) for receiving the prestigious United Nations' Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction.

DWF received the Certificate of Distinction and FHA the Certificate of Merit. Both are longstanding partners of the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) working with local communities in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and helping them to protect themselves against such disasters.

14 May 2009 description

Islamabad: A delegation of Baluchistan Government lead by Nawab Aslam Raisani, Chief Minister Baluchistan and his Cabinet Members called on Chairman NDMA in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Prime Minister's Secretariat, Islamabad.

13 May 2009 description

Denmark decided to grant DKK 40 Mil.

16 Mar 2009 description

Pakistan, riven by political tensions in the last few days, has an ongoing need for food assistance which has deepened recently due to high food prices, conflict and natural disasters. In response, WFP is ramping up its programmes in 2009.

This year WFP aims to reach nine million beneficiaries in Pakistan, a country where 85 percent of the population live on an income of less than US$ 2 per day.

04 Mar 2009 description

2008 was a year of major humanitarian challenges. Natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the devastating earthquake in China, flooding in India and Brazil or the hurricanes in the Caribbean once again highlighted the dangers of the unbridled forces of nature. In the complex political crises in Africa, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq, unresolved conflicts made it impossible to improve the precarious humanitarian situation of people living there.