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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.

21 Nov 2008 description

Latest report on ICRC activities in the field

General situation

- Aftershocks from the 29 October earthquake are continuing, and people are still sleeping outdoors in the affected area, despite freezing temperatures.

- Many local and international aid agencies are fully operational, as is the Pakistani government's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), distributing tents and other shelter materials, household items, clothes and food in the affected villages, and providing medical services.

- With sharp frosts occurring at night, people living in the mountains are …

19 Nov 2008 description

Following the earthquake in Baluchistan women in the damaged villages have been secluded as required by local customs. Now, as the ICRC's Jessica Barry explains, their voices are rarely heard except by aid workers and medical personnel.

Hidden behind the cracked walls of their mud-brick compounds, or shrouded by the thin blue or white canvas of donated tents, grandmothers, mothers, sisters and aunts have remained largely silent about their own and their children's fears following the quake that shook them out of their sleep that chilly October morning.

In Akhari village - a …

18 Nov 2008 description

ICRC assistance teams, working together with the Pakistan Red Crescent, have delivered nearly 1,200 winterized tents to victims of the 29 October earthquake in Balochistan.

08 Nov 2008 description

Latest report on ICRC activities in the field

General situation:

- Aftershocks from the 29 October earthquake can be felt daily in the earthquake zone (EQZ).

- Some of the worst affected areas lie within a 20-kilometre radius of Kawas village in the district of Ziarat. Kawas and the villages of Wam and Kahan are among the most badly damaged, many houses having been completely destroyed.

- There are also a large number of partially damaged houses throughout the EQZ.

- For the most part, people in partially damaged houses have been able to save their possessions.

- Families …

31 Oct 2008 description

Geneva / Islamabad (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched a preliminary appeal for nine million Swiss francs to help the victims of the earthquakes that jolted south-western Pakistan on 29 October. The funds will enable the ICRC and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to step up their emergency assistance operations.

The death toll in the most affected areas of Baluchistan province is estimated at over 200.

31 Oct 2008 description

With the winter looming, the prospects are grim for thousands of survivors of the earthquakes in south-western Pakistan. The full extent of the devastation caused by the earthquakes is yet to be established. The ICRC is assessing needs and extending its support to victims.

The number of casualties is currently estimated at over 200 dead and between 500 and 1,000 wounded. With at least 4,000 homes destroyed by the earthquakes, thousands of people are left without shelter. Others, worried about aftershocks, are staying out in the cold.

29 Oct 2008 description

Earthquakes have jolted south-western Pakistan, causing death and destruction and adding to the misery already caused by years of fighting. The ICRC is assessing the effects of the disaster and extending its support to the Pakistani people.

Reports indicate that three consecutive earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.2, 6.2 and 6.4 respectively have hit the province of Baluchistan in south-western Pakistan.

29 Oct 2008 description

Dear colleagues,

Please find below initial information about the earthquakes in Pakistan and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) action and plans for immediate response.

Two ICRC teams have reached the affected area. They are on the spot assessing the situation and needs. Our colleagues tell us that aftershocks were continuing and that frightened residents were staying outdoors in the cold.

The affected districts are Pashin, Ziarat, Killa Saifullah and Harnai.