Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
The ongoing emergency response to the Balochistan 29 October earthquake is located within the broader disaster management context. Culmination of emergency response phase is linked to meeting 'essential shelter needs' of 7820 shelters, planned distribution of 1750 MT Al - Nayhan food package and supporting the devolved district government based response mechanism following Army's de-induction.
NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.
"Whether caused by poor construction or natural catastrophes, school collapses invariably have disastrous effects on children," said Cream Wright, UNICEF Global Chief of Education. "Schools must be safe places where children can learn and thrive."
The year 2008 was marked by a number of school collapses - many of them fatal - in various parts of the world.
Following the 3 May cyclone in Myanmar, more than 4,000 schools still need to be repaired or …
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.
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.
ISLAMABAD (NOVEMBER 20, 2008): The European Commission has released a grant of € 11.95 million (Rs. 1.22 Billion) to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for reconstruction of Government middle schools in the earthquake affected districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The amount will be used in the Education component of the Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project (EEAP).
ZIARAT, Nov 17 (APP) : Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday that the government would rebuild the houses damaged in the October 29 earthquake in Balochistan and announced financial assistance of Rs2.90 billion for the purpose.
Asia and the Pacific
Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.
Latest Report on TRCS activities in the Field
TRC/PRCS response to Balochistan Earthquake:
Turkish Red Crescent, in the awake of the earthquake that struck Ziarat, Balochistan on October 29th, started the immediate relief operation with a view to alleviate human suffering of the victims of the quake.
Turkish Red Crescent is supporting PRCS to provide food items and hygiene kits to the Earthquake affected population of District Ziarat worth of 50,000 USD.
This is the 2009 plan of the Pakistan office of the International Federation. It is for information only, as the funds for this plan are covered through the Earthquake Emergency Appeal (M05EA022 - launched in 2005 and recently extended to the end of 2009) and Cyclone Yemyin/Floods emergency appeal (MDRPK001 - launched in July 2007 and extended to June 2009). The total budget for 2009 is CHF 15.5 million (of which CHF 15.1 million is covered under the earthquake appeal and CHF 435,000 under the floods appeal).
- 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 National Disaster Management Authority confirms 155 deaths and over 375 people injured.