Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
ISLAMABAD (APP): Algerian ambassador Benfis Ahmed on Thursday called on President Asif Ali Zardari and presented him a cheque of one million dollars for the rehabilitation of Balochistan earthquake victims. President Zardari thanked the Algerian government and people for their support and solidarity with the victims of earthquake. He said Pakistan and Algeria had deep-rooted ties dating back to the Algerian struggle for independence and expressed the hope that the time-tested ties would be further strengthened in the years to come. Ambassador Dr.
QUETTA: The first winter rains and snowfall have worsened the situation in the earthquake stricken areas of district Ziarat, where thousands of quake survivors, including women and children are living in tents in the chilly weather.
They lost their houses and loved ones when a strong earthquake struck many parts of northern and central Balochistan.
The season's first rains started in Ziarat, Quetta, Pishin, and other parts of Balochistan on Saturday evening and continued till Sunday morning.
Survivors spent a sleepless night since rain water entered many tents and strong wind …
QUETTA, Dec 7: Thousands of earthquake survivors in parts of Ziarat spent a sleepless night on Saturday, as incessant rain, coupled with cold winds triggered by snowfall on mountains, served to compound their woes.
Water from Saturday night and Sunday morning's rain entered tents of many quake survivors, forcing them out in the open.
"The tents provided to us failed to protect our children and other family members from rain and chilly weather," Mohammad Akhtar told Dawn by telephone from Waam.
QUETTA, Dec 5: Unicef has set up 76 temporary centres for reviving education activities in earthquake-affected areas of Balochistan.
Under the programme, about 3,800 children will get education in 46 centres in Ziarat, 24 in Pishin and seven in Harnai districts.
According to Dr Mohammad Younas Mengal, who heads the Unicef office in Balochistan, 437 schools were damaged by the quake in four districts of the province.
Attendance in primary schools has dropped to less than five per cent.
Dr Younas said that Unicef was also providing clean water and had vaccinated over 8,000 …
Islamabad - In line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Charity Foundation (KBZCF) continued its humanitarian operations in Baluchistan province, which was hit by an earthquake recently.
Under the instructions of H.H.
Quetta: The State Bank of Pakistan has converted Balochistan's over draft of Rs17.5 billion into a soft loan that would be payable over six years.
The former PML-Q led coalition government had obtained around Rs18 billion over draft from the State Bank crossing the limit of its loan facility from the central bank due to increasing provincial expenditures.
Official sources said on Friday that by converting the over draft into soft loans, the Balochistan government would save Rs700 to 800 million annually, which it was paying to the Sate Bank as markup.
The Provincial Secretary …
By Our Staff Correspondent
QUETTA, Nov 23: Individuals and public and private organisations entities have so far donated more than Rs2.35 billion in the Chief Minister's Relief and Rehabilitation
Fund for people affected by the recent earthquake in Balochistan.
Donors include the federal government, provincial governments, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government, private companies, NGOs, philanthropists and the common man.
By Saleem Shahid
QUETTA, Nov 23: Turkey has sent 120 'container homes' worth $1 million for people affected by the recent earthquake in Ziarat.
Turkish Ambassador Engin Soysal handed over the 'homes' to Balochistan Information Minister Mohammad Younas Mulazai in the worst-hit area of Wam on Sunday.
Each 'container home' has four bedrooms, a kitchen, a washroom and a store. A team of Turkish experts has arrived for installing the shelters.The ambassador said the Turkish government would provide more shelters.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 21: The government of Turkey has donated $1 million for the earthquake-affected people of Balochistan.
Turkish Ambassador Engin Soysal gave the cheque for the amount to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here on Friday.
Mr Soysal said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had directed the Turkish Red Crescent and other philanthropic organisations to mobilise relief efforts for the quake-hit areas.
Prime Minister Gilani appreciated the Turkish government's gesture and said the two countries always stood by each other in times of trial.
Mr Gilani said his …
THE Government of Italy is providing 400,000 Euros for people affected by the Balochistan earthquake. A relief package was announced by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini as a gesture of solidarity comprising Euros250,000 being provided through the Directorate of Cooperation and Development to the International Committee of Red Cross and Euros150,000 through Farnesina to the International Federation of the Red Cross Organisations.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 19: Acting President Dr Fehmida Mirza ordered on Wednesday to expand the ambit of the special oversight committee for displaced persons of Bajaur tribal areas to the quake-hit areas after irregularities were found in distribution of relief goods.
Presiding over a meeting of the committee, she said that relief operation in the quake-affected areas of Balochistan must be monitored.
The meeting was reportedly informed that relief goods in adequate quantities had been sent from the centre but people were still complaining about non-availability of relief …
WAAM, Nov 17: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced on Monday that all houses destroyed by the recent earthquake in Balochistan would be rebuilt and the centre had released Rs2.9 billion for the purpose.
Addressing a gathering in the worst-affected village of Waam in Ziarat district, he said the government would do everything possible to rehabilitate the affected people.The prime minister gave Rs350,000 cheque to each of the affected people.
"It is the government's responsibility to help people rebuild their houses," he said, adding that reconstruction would …
SLAMABAD (NNI): The National Assembly Relief Committee has decided to donate Rs.5 million for the earthquake affectees of Balochistan. The amount will be given from the Speaker's Relief Fund established for the displaced people of FATA. This decision was taken in a meeting of Relief Committee presided by Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly in the Parliament House Wednesday.
QUETTA, Nov 8: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that 4,500 families, or about 32,000 people, immediately need shelter in the earthquake-affected areas of Balochistan.
Speaking on behalf of the ICRC at a press conference on Saturday, the Secretary of the Balochistan chapter of Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Maj (retd) Sabir Durrani, said winter tents, blankets, stoves and other relief items were needed immediately in the affected areas.
Andrew James and some other representatives of the ICRC were present on the occasion.
Mr Durrani called for speeding up …
QUETTA, Nov 6: All government and private schools in Quetta will start functioning on Friday but classes will be held in the grounds and not in buildings.
The schools were closed after the Oct 29 earthquake.
An official statement issued on Thursday directed heads of the schools to hold annual examinations from Nov 12 and complete them by the end of the month.-Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday announced Rs300,000 for the dead and Rs100,000 for injured of the recent earthquake in Ziarat, and Pishin, Balochistan. The Prime Minister would personally distribute the compensation to the quake affected families during his visit to the calamity-hit province.
It is in addition to Rs200,000 for dead and Rs50,000 for injured announced by the President Asif Ali Zaradri.
The Prime Minister directed to expedite the survey of the demolished houses.
By Saleem Shahid
QUETTA, Nov 5: Frontier Corps Inspector-General Maj-Gen Saleem Nawaz has said that political workers are creating hurdles in earthquake relief operation by stopping their rivals from going to areas of their influence.
Talking to newsmen after visiting the affected areas of Ziarat district on Wednesday, he appealed to political parties to help the government in the relief operation.
"An unnecessary race has started between the parties for political gains and their workers are stopping each other from carrying out relief work and are also creating problems for …
Islamabad_(dpa) _ Authorities on Sunday prepared to begin a survey in Pakistan's south-west to calculate damage from this week's earthquake that left thousands homeless ahead of a harsh winter.
The quake, registering 6.4 on the Richter scale, shook the northern and central parts of impoverished Balochistan province early Wednesday, killing at least 250 people and injuring hundreds.
The survey being launched Monday with the involvement of the military was expected to be completed within two weeks, said Brigadier Mubashir Wasim, in charge of relief operations in the …
By Saleem Shahid
WAM/ZIARAT, Nov 2: People rendered homeless by last week's earthquake are in desperate need for proper shelter to survive harsh the winter, rains and snowfall.
Thousands of people in Wam and Ziarat complained that tents provided to them did not protect them from the freezing cold weather, and their children had fallen prey to various diseases, including pneumonia and chest infections.
They said that the weather would worsen in a few days.
Several tent villages set up near the villages flattened by the quake are creating various sociological …
By Iftikhar A. Khan
ISLAMABAD, Nov 2: Thousands of quake-affected people in Balochistan are still waiting for winterised tents with temperatures dropping below freezing point at nights and threat of snowstorms looming large.
Talking to Dawn, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Gen Farooq Ahmad Khan conceded that no winterised tents had so far been sent to the affected areas.
"We have tried to compensate it by sending a huge quantity of blankets and getting the gas connections restored on a war footing," he said.