Pakistan: Hunza landslides and floods (MDRPK004) - DREF Operation Update no. 2

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered by this update: 4 June to 9 July 2010


CHF 187,128 (USD 162,160 or EUR 132,492) has been allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 14,700 beneficiaries. Un earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Massive landslides hit Hunza (Gilgit Baltistan) on 4 January 2010, sliding two villages into the Hunza river. This resulted in the blockage of the river and the Karakorum highway, thereby creating an artificial dam. According to the latest available updates, during the general coordination meeting organized by UNOCHA, over 27,600 people have been internally displaced and they are living in more than 24 different camps as well as with host families.The next general coordination meeting of UNOCHA took place on 15 July 2010.

PRCS has been at the forefront of the response and carrying out preparedness efforts in the affected areas through its provincial and district branches as well as disaster response cells. As an immediate response to the landslide, PRCS, with the support of the International Federation, provided food packs, non-food item kits, medicines, health, and psychosocial support programme (PSP) and restoring family links (RFL) services to more than 527 families (3,689 individuals). In coordination with government and non-governmental agencies, PRCS has been directly managing one internally displaced persons (IDP) camp with 200 registered families and three other IDP camps with 232 families. Through this DREF operation PRCS has provided food and non-food items to people residing in the IDP camps, continuously monitoring the situation and developing contingency plans for potential red zone areas. On the basis of a recent assessment carried out by PRCS, this response operation will be scaled up to long-term programming for six months targeting six most affected villages, four upstream (Passu, Gulkin, Gulmit and Shishkit) and two downstream (Attaabad and Sarat). Under this programme, the overall population of is 1,115 families and the number of targeted individuals will be 3,798. The detailed planning for this programme is in process.

The current operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 5 September 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 5 December 2010).

DG ECHO and the Canadian Red Cross have made contributions to the DREF in replenishment of this allocation. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Danish Red Cross/ Danish government, Irish Red Cross/ Irish government, Japanese Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross/Monaco government, Netherlands Red Cross/ Netherlands government, Norwegian Red Cross/Norwegian government, Swedish Red Cross/ Swedish government, Italian government, AusAID, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), DG ECHO, OPEC Fund for International Development, and corporate and private donors.

Details of all donors can be found on:

The International Federation, on behalf of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, would like to thank all donors for their generous contributions.