Pakistan: Baluchistan Earthquake Emergency appeal No. MDRPK002 Operations update No. 1

Period covered by this Ops Update: 20 November to 2 December 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 2.5 million (USD 2.08 million or EUR 1.65 million);

Appeal coverage: 59%, including contributions in the pipeline; funds are still very urgently needed to enable the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to provide immediate warm shelter assistance;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was launched on 19 November 2008 for CHF 2.5 million to provide shelter provisions to 4,000 families (10 persons per family) affected by the earthquakes which struck Baluchistan on 29 October.

Summary: The mercury in the earthquake-affected areas in Baluchistan drops below zero during the night. While various immediate needs of health, food and relief are being dealt with by different humanitarian partners working in the area, the need for shelter is still very much present as the affected people are living under very harsh conditions. The International Federation is in the process of procuring the contents of 4,000 warm shelters. The activities to be implemented under the emergency appeal in the earthquake-affected areas have been finalized. The Baluchistan disaster management authority and UN-led emergency shelter cluster has allocated specific areas to different organizations working in shelter, including the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS)/International Federation. The PRCS/International Federation operation is expected to be completed by 31 December 2008.

Under the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Emergency Appeal and bilateral assistance, the national society has provided food and non-food assistance to more than 11,000 affected families and has treated more than 4,000 patients.

To date, the British, Danish, Swedish and Swiss Red Cross Societies have made contributions to this appeal. Bilateral contributions include a contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent. The International Federation, on behalf of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, would like to thank all partners for their response to this appeal to date.