Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
Around 13:40 local time (UTC +4:30) on 26 October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province in the north-east region of Afghanistan. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicentre was 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in the Hindu Kush mountain range and 213 km in depth. The quakes impact was felt beyond Afghanistan as damages and casualties have been reported in the western part of Pakistan while minor damage occurred in India. (IFRC, 2 Nov 2015)
Preliminary reports from the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) indicate 272 deaths, 2,152 people injured and 25,367 houses damaged across the country.(IFRC, 3 Nov 2015)
In Afghanistan, Assessment reports indicate 117 deaths, 544 people injured, 12,794 homes damaged and 7,384 houses destroyed. Furthermore, 136,967 people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 131,345 people have received some form of assistance so far date. More than 51,000 people were affected in Badakhshan alone, where property damage was most extensive. The earthquake claimed the most lives and caused the most casualties in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. Access remains the most significant challenge in providing assistance to people in need and is an issue reaching at least 194 villages affected by the earthquake. (IFRC, 15 Dec 2015)
“Integrated Context Analysis” tool to rank vulnerability launched.
Women in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) receive livestock management training.
Roll-out WFP’s stunting prevention model.
Punjab food safety laboratories assessed to meet food rules and regulations.
WFP supporting FAO on cash-based transfers.
Community Based Disaster Risk Management – preparedness training updates.
The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprising IOM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS completed year one of its operations. During this year, the NDC responded to the 2015 floods and earthquake, launched related recovery activities, and implemented residual recovery interventions for communities affected by disasters in earlier years. Year 1 key achievements for preparedness, response and recovery are captured below:
In preparation for future disasters, the Consortium is:
UN report calls for urgent actions to tackle rising urban disasters in Asia-Pacific
The European Union's current humanitarian actions in Pakistan focus on several separate but interrelated crises:
Support for people affected by the conflict in the northwest, where over one million people are presently displaced. The on-going complex emergency remains underfunded with little media attention and is classified by the European Commission as a Forgotten Crisis.
EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program had a year of significant activity, innovation, and planning.
Investigating the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake
FSAC Contribution to HRP 2016
The Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) will target 1.8 million of the most food insecure and vulnerable people in 2016, recognizing that overall chronic food security needs are much higher. The Cluster has prioritized conflict and natural disaster affected IDPs, refugees and returnees, including refugees in Khost and Paktika, as well as severely food insecure people residing in 18 most vulnerable provinces identified by SFSA and IPC 2015.
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000
Environment policy: Climate issues saw mix of highs and lows
Earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of K-P
The immorality of an earthquake
Call to create awareness on disaster risk reduction
Raising concerns: Rawalpindi hospitals still receiving dengue patients
Protecting environment: Senate panel suggests ban on plastic bags, bottle
High-level meeting: Police officials directed to check sensitive places
2016 will be year of elimination of terrorism: Gen. Raheel
Frightening tremors: Midnight quake jolts city, wakes up people
Disaster Management: Private sector’s help sought in building resilience
Solid waste management: key to avoid dengue fever outbreak in future
PM directs provinces to ensure safe environment for children
‘Environmental issues holds back actualization of South Asia’s growth Potential’
Health Deptt plans strategy to avoid dengue fever outbreak next year
Donors’ help sought in rehabilitation of Chitralis
Environment mainly to blame for cancer
Experts urge importance of mental health in disaster situations
Coastal areas prone to climate change implications
Hospitals waste damaging environment: Expert
Solar-powered tubewells revive farming in drought hit Soan valley
CTD to target 'women's wing' of Islamic Stateinspired group in Karachi
Say no to guns: ‘Elite class’ blamed for widespread arms culture
KP CM pledges to rehabilitate infrastructure of quake, flood-hit areas
Is a discussion on climate change even relevant to a third world country like Pakistan?
Floods and earthquake damages stands at $40m in KPK: PDMA
Awareness drive on clean environment
Volunteers to be inducted for disaster management in Mansehra
Climate change threatens food security globally
Earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan, Tajikistan and India
Over 500 suspects arrested in KP police operations
Timely assistance: Solar plants provided to Chitral hospitals
NDMA provides 1,875 tents to earthquake victims
Pakistan most vulnerable country for disasters of climate change
Call for women protection in disasters
Motorists advised to be extra careful during foggy weather
Dealing with disaster: Exhibition focuses on damage limitation
Dengue becomes all season disease in Karachi, 121 more cases surface in a week
Sipah tribe agrees to hand over wanted militants
- Pakistan adopting environment-friendly policies to overcome climate degradation: PM
- Minister to raise Pakistan case at climate conference
- What Pakistan needs to do to improve its disaster management
- This air we breathe
- Climate change causing surge in migration: experts
- Earthquake: heirs of 223 dead, 472 injured of KP compensated: NDMA
- Environment: SC dissatisfied with efforts of provinces
- Agencies warn of Da’ishinspired attacks in Punjab
- Nawaz offers France antiterror expertise