Pakistan: Floods/Snowfall Minor Emergency Appeal 05ME006 Operation Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Operations Update no. 1; Period covered: 14 February to 24 August 2005

This Minor Emergency Update no. 1 is being issued based on the situation described below reflecting the information available at this time . Please refer to Information Bulletins No. 1 -- 5 for previous updates. CHF 50,000 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to replenish disaster preparedness stocks distributed to the affected population. This operation is expected to be completed by 30 September 2005, and a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (30 December 2005). Replenishment of DREF by unearmarked contributions is welcome and needed.

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Pakistan Floods minor emergency ME05023, Annual Appeal 05AA049.

Background, and current situation

Large areas of Pakistan were battered by rain, snowfall and floods during February and March 2005. The worst affected areas were North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Northern areas and Balochistan. Water supplies, sanitation systems, electricity, communication and road links were severely affected.

In Balochistan, nearly half a million people were affected, with more than 4,000 families left homeless. In NWFP more than 24,000 houses were destroyed and over 65,000 badly damaged. A number of dams collapsed due to excessive flooding. Severe damage was done to crops and livestock.

The total number of deaths reported was 844, while 397 were reported injured.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Pakistan: Khalid Kibriya, Pakistan Red Crescent Society Secretary General; phone: +92.51.9250 405; fax:+92.51.925 0408

In Pakistan: Irja Sandberg, Head of Delegation; email:; phone: +92.51.925 0416; fax: +92.51.9250418

In India: Bob McKerrow, Head of Regional Delegation; email:; phone: + 91.11.2685 8671; fax:+91.11.2685 7567

In Geneva: Jagan Chapagain, Regional Officer, Asia and Pacific Department, email:; phone:+41.22.730.4316; fax: +41.22.733.0395 or Nelly Khrabraya; email:; phone: +41.22.730.4306

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