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Pakistan: Asia quake appeal - DEC agencies activities in Pakistan administered Kashmir

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ASIA QUAKE APPEAL: DEC AGENCIES ACTIVITIES IN PAKISTAN ADMINISTERED KASHMIR
ActionAid

- Has provided tarpaulins and tents for 4,500 families.

- Is delivering food items to remote villages in the areas of Battagram and Allai. This has now reached 500 families.

- Is setting up medical camps in Battamori, Dandai, Jambera and Mehra areas, these may be moved to Allai which has a greater need. The camps have separate tents for women to receive medical treatment

- Is helping single women and elderly people to carry relief items back to their villages.

- ActionAid volunteers are helping people rebuild their own houses

British Red Cross

- The British Red Cross is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

- Distributions by helicopter to Rajkot (Neelum Valley) have totalled 219 tonnes of rice, split peas, sugar, ghee, tea and salt for over 6,000 beneficiaries, also 6,500 warm blankets and 2,300 tarpaulins to address immediate shelter needs. Villagers will receive a second round of supplies, including warm clothing, before winter sets in.

- Has sent over 1,000 tonnes of aid to more than 61,000 survivors. The Red Cross aims to reach 200,000 earthquake victims before the end of the year.

- Has carried around 550 injured people out of Neelum and Jhelum valleys, most by helicopter. People with less serious injuries can visit the Red Cross health units.

- Is treating patients in Chinari, (Jhelum Valley) for respiratory infections, diarrhoea and chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

- Work continues on setting up a temporary water supply by pumping river water. The first part of a plastic pipeline has now been laid and a water tank has been installed in the middle of the 60-metre high cliff.

Concern

- Is working with 23,600 families (approximately 140,000 people) in the worst affected areas of Azad, Jammu and Kashmir Province, which includes Muzzafarabd, Rawalakot, Bagh and Dirkot, and North West Frontier Province which includes Mansehra, Balakot and Battagram districts.

- Has 60 staff working in the area alongside other non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

- Is distributing 12,000 tents to 5,000 families in Azad, Jammu and Kashmir Province and 7,000 families in North West Frontier Province. These are winterised tents that are specially constructed to allows heat to stay inside the tent and protects families from the cold.

- Is distributing food packages to families containing flour, rice, pulses, cooking oil, salt, sugar, tea, biscuits and dates. The packages also contain non-food items such as candles, matches, soap and some kitchen sets and stoves.

CAFOD

- Is working with partner Caritas Pakistan in Mansehra, Batagram and Abbottabad.

- Has distributed 2,399 tents, 5,087 blankets and 2,148 plastic sheets which will help 2,636 families.

- A team of doctors in Mansehra are performing major surgery for people injured in the quake. Another team of doctors camp in the mountains and climb to higher altitudes each day to find people needing medical help.

- Is assessing how people can earn a living in the aftermath of the quake.

- Has established a water testing lab in Mansehra and is distributing hygeine items like soap

CARE International UK

- Is delivering tents, plastic sheets, blankets, shawls, metal buckets and other essential supplies via helicopter to more than 50,000 survivors.

- Has distributed more than 3,000 tents to endangered villages in the Allai Valley and is following up the tent distribution with survival packages that include floor mats, blankets, shawls against the cold, cooking utensils, and necessary supplies for hygiene.

- Is experimenting with several approaches to alternative emergency winterized shelters. These include the provision of hard roofs to put over tents, to be placed in a dug-out depression and shelter them from the wind.

- Another approach is a novel new design which consists of building a round house, something like a yurt, with sandbags, and an independently supportable roof.

- Is setting up half-way houses where people can receive outpatient care, enabling government hospitals to concentrate on the seriously wounded. These houses also enable us to provide counselling and shelter to women and orphans.

Help the Aged

- Has sent three Mobile Medicare Units (MMU) each with a team of Doctors to Uri. To date over 300 people have been treated in the surrounding villages.

- The MMUs provide medicines, food, clothing and other basic essentials to meet the immediate priorities ie Injuries, exposure to the cold, food , water, and shelter.

- The unit has visited the villages of Ishim, Salamabad, Dardkote, and Urasa in Uri. Relief has been taken 7km on foot from Uri to the remote village of Shahdra to help 70-80 victims, and 17km to Kamalkot, as the roads are severely damaged.

- Around 100 - 200 woollen blankets and tents have been distributed to protect the people from extreme cold

Islamic Relief

- Is organising sponsorship of individual orphans and whole families who have survived the quake.

- Has sent reinforcement teams to the region within hours of the earthquake.

- Has sent four aid flights carrying thousands of tents and tens of thousands of blankets.

- Has helped around 485,000 people with tents, blankets, mattresses and food items such as flour, oil, sugar and dried fruit.

Merlin

- Has set up two field hospitals in remote Kashmiri mountain villages.

- One hospital is in Panj Kot, 60 kilometers east of Muzaffarabad, which has an estimated population of 50,000 and is still cut off by multiple landslides. The village is situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet, and will be covered in deep snow for much of the winter

- The other hospital is in Deevlan in the Neelam Valley, about 40 kilometers east of Muzaffarabad. Thousands of people are passing this village in order to walk out of the valley. and a small transit camp has been established close to the Merlin field hospital

- A team of medical specialists, including surgeons and trauma nurses, treated more than 1000 patients in the first ten days of opening the hospitals.

- At least 30 of the most serious cases have been evacuated to hospitals in Islamabad.

Oxfam

- Engineers have restored a supply of clean water to almost 100,000 people in some of the worst affected areas.

- In Hazaram, north of Muzaffarabad, Oxfam is providing water and sanitation to hospitals, this includes the building of latrines and bathing cubicles.

- In Hazara in North West Frontier Province, Oxfam is providing water and sanitation to hospitals, including latrines and bathing cubicles.

- Oxfam has set up five camps in Balakot, one of the worst hit areas very close to the epicentre of the earthquake, providing latrines and fixing pipelines from the mountains to bring in water.

- Is distributing tents, blankets, plastic sheeting and wool sheets.

- An Oxfam helicopter has been delivering aid in remote mountain villages.

Save the Children

- Save the Children has set up seven safe play areas in camps in Muzaffarabad town with plans to expand to 25 depending on needs, with a similar number likely in Bagh district. These provide children with a safe, supervised place to play with the toys and games provided and helps them restore some sense of routine and normality.

- Has flown one aid flight to Islamabad, carrying tents, tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to provide vital shelter. The supplies were distributed in Muzaffarabad and Bagh.

- Save the Children has provided over 1,300 families with relief items including tents, shelter, blankets, kitchen sets, stoves and children's clothing in Bagh and Muzaffarabad districts with current plans to reach up to 15,000 families.

- School clearance and construction projects are underway in both Muzaffarabad and Bagh districts, providing communities with the tools and training to rehabilitate village schools. The first school is nearing completion in Dhena Maghalam village, Muzaffarabad.

World Vision

- Is providing a shelter package containing a tent with special properties to withstand the freezing winter, or the means to make a tent like this, blankets, tarpaulins, water containers, cooking sets, a stove, a hygiene kit and a toolkit.

- Has set up three child friendly spaces to give children a safe refuge in the cold.

- Has provided emergency education for children on one camp.

- Has started to distribute 4413 tonnes of food to 42,000 people, this will continue to be distributed over six months, starting this month (November).

So every pound given will help:

£15 can buy 7 blankets
£42 can buy a family survival kit - helping for at least 20 days
£90 can buy a Winterised Tent for a family

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The number to call is: 0870 60 60 900

that's 0870 60 60 900

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Or you can post your gift. Please make your donation payable to the: DEC - Asia Quake Appeal and send it to:

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