Pakistan Humanitarian Update No. 8


This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 6 to 17 February 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 5 March.


- Over 50 people are reported to have been killed in an avalanche in Kohistan in NWFP.

- Around 100,000 people are affected by heavy snowfalls in Upper Swat and are in need of humanitarian assistance.

- More than 1,400 people have been affected by the devastating floods in Muzaffarabad.


Deadly avalanche in Kohistan:

According to media reports, more than 50 people are feared to have been killed when an avalanche struck the areas of Katlawag, Sari and Dara in Kohistan in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) on 17 February 2010. The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), which is on the ground, reports that 18 bodies have been found so far, and around 200 houses have been destroyed or damaged in the avalanche. Some parts of the region are buried under 12 feet of snow, which makes access by road currently impossible. The Pakistani Army has deployed helicopters for rescue operations and is due to dispatch food and non-food items (NFIs) for 300 families in cooperation with PRCS and ICRC.


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