Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
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 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 …
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.
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 …
Berlin - In 2008, Johanniter mainly focused on providing medical care throughout 22 countries, and invested donations and subsidies in the amount of nine million Euros - half a million more than the previous year. Although, the share of donations has slightly decreased from 2007, subsidies from third-party donors, such as Germany's Foreign Office, have increased.
Appeal Target: US$ 1,353,841
Contribution In The First Year Of Three-Year Partnership Will Help Build Habitat Homes in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia
DUBAI, 12th December 2008: ETA Star Property Developers, a real estate company based in the United Arab Emirates, recently presented its donation of two million dirham (about US$544,650) in the first year of a three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
The contribution, which came from ETA Star's Homes for the Homeless campaign, will help Habitat to build homes with families in need in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.
Friday 5th December 2008: International disaster relief charity ShelterBox has taken the lead in alleviating the plight of the 70,000 people left homeless by the late October earthquakes in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan by providing more shelter than any other British charity.
In response to a late October earthquake in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, LIFE for Relief and Development established an emergency fund to help the survivors.
Over 300 died, and thousands were left homeless as a result of the 6.5 magnitude earthquake. The UN estimated that over 100,000 people were affected by the quake-half of them children.
"Hundreds of mud-brick houses were leveled.
Today, the Chairman of the Noor Ul Islam Trust, Yusuf Hansa presented a cheque of =A35,100 to the Community Liaison Officer of Muslim Aid, Mr M.W Khokhar. This huge and generous amount was given exclusively to alleviate the suffering and the hardship of the survivors of the Brochistan earthquake which struck Pakistan on October 29th 2008. Mr Khokhar expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chairman and his trustees. Also present were the Imam of the Mosque and businessman Choudhry Mahmood Iqbal.
Islamabad, Nov 20th, 2008: Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims, has provided some 150 winterized tents worth more than 2 million rupees to Chairman Development Authority Muzaffarabad for onward distribution among quake-affectees.
These winterized tents were dispatched to Muzaffarabad, on the request of ERRA, to provide temporary shelters to the earthquake victims. These room shape tents are made to stand in adverse weathers.
Lack of quality leads to death and hard reactions by disaster-survivors
On 15th November, while en route to monitor a distribution centre in Warchoom, HAP field staff, along with other travellers, were held at a blockade in the road near the village of Wam. Villagers had blockaded the road in protest over the lack of appropriate shelter. It came to light that the community's frustration and anger was exacerbated in recent days by the death of a young boy.
In the few days that I've spent in Pakistan, I've been treated to some startling contrasts: the relative modernity of Islamabad with the crumbing houses and desperate conditions of Ahmedoon; the mild afternoon of Quetta that quickly turns cold when the sun dips behind the Koh-Murdar Mountains; a day of chilly, wet weather in Muzaffarabad that is followed by summer-like temperatures the next.
The contrast is most noticeable in the voices I've heard.
Reacting to the 6.5 earthquake in Pakistan Télécoms Sans Frontières deployed a team of emergency telecommunications specialist on Friday 29 October.
The survivors of the 29 October earthquake in Balochistan, Pakistan still await essential relief items.
The death toll from the Wednesday (Oct. 29) 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southwest Pakistan along the Afghan border remains unclear, with officials saying it could climb beyond 300, though officially the toll has been said to be 160 persons; unofficial estimates have put the toll at about 350 persons. Some 3,000 homes were destroyed and about 15,000 left homeless, the Associated Press reported.
Many houses collapsed during the quake and some were destroyed in landslides that followed it.
The deadliest earthquake that hit the province of Baluchistan, the northwest of Quetta, on the Oct. 29th has caused the loss of 166 lives and has wounded 370 people, according to the announcement made by the Pakistani government on Nov.7th.
The displaced population has topped 68,200 and some 7,600 houses have been destroyed in the most devastated Ziarat (110km northwest of Quetta.) It is reported that a half of the affected population is children in the area.
In Baluchistan, some of the affected areas are not accessible due to landslides.
By Joe Lapp
When 18-year-old Ata Mohammad awoke in the dark, he didn't know what was happening. The ground was shaking, and the mud house with its timber-beamed roof rattled around him. "I was very frightened," says Ata.
When the quaking ended, Ata and his siblings discovered their father, who had been sleeping on the veranda, was buried beneath the rubble of the collapsed porch roof. They called for help.