Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
1. Projects description
Due to its geophysical and geopolitical situation, Pakistan is prone to frequent natural and man-made disasters and crises that continuously engage the humanitarian and relief agencies. Along with other donors support, Pakistan is therefore one of the major recipients of the CERF. The following five CERF projects have been implemented by FAO since 2006 in the country (Table 1).
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.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In August 2008 Pakistan suffered a series of overlapping crises that led to substantial internal displacement and left hundreds of thousands in need of humanitarian assistance. These events have come at a time when Pakistan is reeling from the effects of the global food crisis, exacerbating an already precarious situation.
"Data Against Natural Disasters" to help governments and aid agencies design new monitoring systems that ensure timely and efficient delivery of assistance to disaster victims
Jakarta, December 16, 2008 - The World Bank and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today jointly launched a book that contributes to the world's understanding of the conditions and actions necessary for establishing effective disaster management information systems.
CERF Advisory Group met in Geneva
The Advisory Group met in Geneva on 19 and 20 November and included the eight members newly appointed by the Secretary-General. The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. John Holmes, briefed the members on the progress of the Fund since their last meeting in June 2008 and the potential impact of the global financial crisis on CERF. The Advisory Group also discussed the management response to the Two-year Evaluation of the Fund.
- Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reports that at least 5,000 winterized tents are required immediately. NDMA, Government of Balochistan, UN Agencies and the humanitarian community are working on the Winter Response Plan in the earthquake affected areas of Ziarat and Pishin districts.
- According to WHO-Ministry of Health (MoH) joint assessment, it is estimated that 30 to 35% of the affected population need some kind of psychosocial support.
- Winterized emergency shelters remain a priority in view of the dropping temperatures.
- Reports from Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) in the affected areas show an upward trend in Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) due to the severe cold weather and poor shelter conditions.
- The Earthquake in Balochistan province has left 166 deaths and 370 injured (government confirmed figure).
- According to the initial results of McRAM (Multi-Cluster Rapid Assessment Mechanism) survey of 36 villages in the three earthquake affected districts of Balochistan (Ziarat, Pishin and Harnai) Ziarat is the worst affected. Around 68,200 people were affected in the area and need assistance. About 7,600 houses have been completely or partially damaged.
- The Earthquake in Balochistan province has left 166 deaths and 370 injured so far (government confirmed figure). National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reports that 35,600 individuals (4,610 families) have been affected whereas the figures on displacement have increased to 7,000 individuals.
- According to the Inter-Agency Joint Assessment report urgent needs include 10,000 tents, 40,000 blankets, 20,000 quilts, 10,000 food packs, and warm clothing for one month in 7 villages (Wam, Ahmadon, Kawas, Tangian, Zarand, Gogai and Kahan) of Ziarat …
- The Earthquake in Balochistan province has left 150 dead and 370 injured so far (government confirmed figure). National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reports that 35,600 individuals (4,610 families) have been affected and 3,375 displaced mainly in the villages of Ziarat and Pishin districts.
- 47 aftershocks ranging from 3.5 to 4.7 on the Richter scale have been felt on 29 and 30 October 2008. Pakistan Metrological office reports that a series of aftershocks of the same frequency will continue for the next si- days.
- The earthquake in Balochistan province has left 150 dead and 250 injured so far (government confirmed figure). Approximately 3,000 people are currently displaced and over 15,000 mud/wood houses have been completely destroyed.
- According to preliminary results from the inter-agency needs assessment, urgent needs of the most affected population include winterised tents, blankets and warm clothing, food, provision of health services and restoration of water supply schemes.
- The Frontier Corps (FC) has set up camps in Wam and Kawas in Ziarat district which are currently …
- An Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has hit Balochistan province in south-western Pakistan leaving more than 80 dead (government confirmed figure) and dozens critically injured.
- Numbers are likely to rise as more information is coming in and assessment teams are reaching remote areas.
- Immediate needs include food, shelter, emergency medical assistance and safe drinking water to survivors in rural areas.
1. An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has hit Balochistan province in south-western Pakistan on 29 October.