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19 Jan 2009 description

By Mubashir Fida, IFRC information officer in Ziarat

The severe cold and dry winter winds that blow over Baluchistan are a recurring phenomenon, and those who call the region home are used to them.

However, this year has been different. With many homes reduced to rubble after the earthquake in late October, people in Ziarat and Pishin have been forced to stay in tents while the mercury dipped to a cruel minus 6 degrees Celsius during the night.

Responding to the harsh situation, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has provided warm emergency shelters to 3,600 households, with …