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30 Jun 2006 description

The number of people affected by disasters continued to rise in 2005.The year began with the response to the South East Asia tsunami and finished with the response to the South Asia earthquake. Each year, one in five WHO Member States experiences a crisis that endangers the health of its people. Estimates indicate that more than 150 million people were directly affected by natural disasters.

27 Feb 2006 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries.

12 Jan 2006 description

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03 Sep 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

07 Jul 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

03 Jun 2005 description

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18 May 2005 description

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ISLAMABAD, 17 May (IRIN) - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is planning to launch a comprehensive rehabilitation operation in parts of Pakistan's northern areas affected by recent floods and heavy snow. The operation will focus on the reestablishment of health facilities.

The region endured three months of heavy rains, snowfall, avalanches and landslides earlier this year. Over 450 people were reported killed with another 500 injured in the hilly terrain of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

14 Apr 2005 description


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

CHF 50,000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FROM THE FEDERATION'S DISASTER RELIEF EMERGENCY FUND (DREF) TO RESPOND TO THIS OPERATION.

UNEARMARKED FUNDS TO REPAY DREF ARE ENCOURAGED.

The situation

11 Apr 2005 description

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ISLAMABAD, 11 April (IRIN) - Immediate intervention is required to rehabilitate infrastructure in northern districts of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), a UN official told IRIN. The call follows heavy rains and snow in January and February of this year that killed hundreds and severely damaged houses, roads, schools and hospitals in isolated parts of the province.

"Despite the official announcements, no steps have been taken so far to help the affected people and compensate for damage …

10 Apr 2005 description

GILGIT, April 10: The World Food Programme's (WFP) aid convoys carrying relief goods could not reach affected areas because of road blockades at various parts of the Northern Areas.

WFP sources said 20 trucks could not proceed further owing to road blockades. Landslides had blocked the roads leading to Astore, Darel, Ghizer, upper areas of Hunza and Nagar during the recent rains.

28 Mar 2005 description

The International Rescue Committee has launched a blog that gives Web site visitors a new, more personal way of learning about IRC people and programs. The blog will feature contributions from IRC staff working in 25 countries around the world and some 20 refugee resettlement offices across the United States.

"IRCblog.org gives everyone on IRC's staff a chance to share their work and tell our story in their own words and pictures," says Kathleen Sands, the IRC's Web director.

28 Mar 2005 description

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ISLAMABAD, 28 March (IRIN) - With improving weather conditions in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the focus is gradually shifting to the rehabilitation of local communities which have suffered nearly three months of heavy rain, snowfall, avalanches, landslides and flooding.

"The relief operation is almost over now and the damage assessment and rehabilitation proposals have been forwarded to the federal government.

25 Mar 2005 description

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - March 25, 2005 The IRC has expanded its emergency relief efforts in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province following two months of torrential rains, avalanches, flooding and severe snowstorms that have left more than 100,000 people stranded without access to food and medicines.

In the past week, IRC teams were able to reach 280 stricken families in hard-hit Lower Dir district, bringing them food, wheat flour, blankets, warm clothing and construction tools and materials.

17 Mar 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organisation and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 05/2005) is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.

- Based on the needs described below re flecting the information available at this time.

15 Mar 2005 description

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ISLAMABAD, 15 March (IRIN) - Concerns are growing over deteriorating health conditions in northern parts of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) after two months of torrential rains and record snowfall in the isolated region.

"As the roads are opening and inner areas are getting more accessible, health concerns are increasing. Intense weather has caused huge displacement of people.

14 Mar 2005 description
report Save the Children

Avalanches, house collapses and exposure to sub-zero temperatures from the heaviest snowfall in two decades have killed approximately 400 people in Kashmir over the past couple of weeks. Government officials estimate at least 2 million people out of the population of 10 million have been affected to varying degrees by the heavy snowfall and Indian Kashmir has asked for $333 million in federal aid to cope with the devastation.1

10 Mar 2005 description

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ISLAMABAD, 10 March (IRIN) - About 100,000 people are still stranded with limited food supplies in the remote northern valleys of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) following weeks of widespread torrential rains, snowfall, landslides, avalanches and flooding.

"Relief supplies of food and medicine from various national and international agencies have started reaching some of the snowbound areas.

09 Mar 2005 description

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - March 9, 2005 The IRC has launched an emergency relief operation in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, following weeks of torrential rains, avalanches, flooding and severe snowstorms that have claimed an estimated 700 lives in the Frontier Province and Baluchistan.

Among the first to respond, IRC staff members delivered critical aid to over 1,400 affected families in the Upper Dir and Kohistan districts. Another 400 families are to receive relief items in the Lower Dir district this week.

08 Mar 2005 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 8 March 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR has distributed 1,000 tents to Afghan refugees in the Balochistan region of Pakistan who had been made homeless by heavy rains and flooding.

07 Mar 2005 description
report World Vision

Northern areas of Pakistan continue to face heavy snow, rain and landslides, and many areas remain cut off due to these conditions. In the worst affected areas, 140,000 people are completely isolated.

World Vision helped to clear 28 kilometres of road to Kalam, a village in one of the northern districts. The clearing is ongoing. More than 2,900 households have received emergency food rations, blankets and quilts, but scaling up the efforts is a must.

More people are desperately waiting for food, says Sigurd Hanson, director of World Vision Pakistan.