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Pakistan: Saudi Org built 1800 pre-fabricated houses at Balakot; work on remaining 2200 underway

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Islamabad, August 26th, 2007: Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan earthquake Victims is actively engaged in the reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the earthquake affected areas of AJK and NWFP.

Deputy Regional Director, Dr.Khalid M Al-Othmani told newsmen here that in the phase of reconstruction, his organization (SPAPEV) has built 1500 houses for displaced families of October 8, 2005 devastating earthquake.

He said, according to contract signed last year for rebuilding Balakot which was totally destroyed by South Asian earthquake and due to this calamity, the inhabitants of the area had become homeless. He added that keeping in view the sufferings of the people of that area, an emergency plan for reconstruction was prepared and surveyors were sent to the area to assess the cost of the houses. The organization (SPAPEV) signed a contract of 16.7 million US dollar under which 4000 houses to be built for displaced families of Balakot.

The Deputy Regional Director said that Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims, a Saudi relief organization working under the directives of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, supervision of Prince Naif, Saudi Interior Minister, and guidance of Dr. Saed Al Harithy, Advisor to Interior Minister and Chairman of the relief organization.

The organization recently started a project of 4000 pre-fabricated houses and so far 1500 houses have been built to accommodate the inhabitants of that area. He added that work on remaining 2500 houses is in full swing and hopefully, the keys of houses would be handed over to homeless families in couple of months.

Giving details of the relief, and rehabilitation work since the organization started its operation at quake hit areas of AJK and NWFP, he said that so far, it provided 200,000 blankets, 150,000 quilts,

12500 winterized tents, medicine, stoves, 100,000 food packets containing suger, pulses, Ghee, Oil, rice, flour bags, etc. and thousands of polypropylene sheets 'Tarpal' for the affectees.

The Organization (SPAPEV) has also handed over a huge quantity of relief aid worth millions of riyals to different organization including International Islamic Relief Organization, Al-Hubaib Foundation, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Read Foundation, ERRA, National Volunteer Movement, AJK and NWFP governments for onward distribution.

It also provided two million dollars to UNICEF and two million dollar to WFP to complete various projects for quake affectees.

The organization also provided 0.7 million US dollar to READ Foundation for school books, uniform, stationery, and other necessary material for education purposes.

Talking about the future projects, the Deputy Regional Director said that the organization is planning to construct 30 secondary schools, in Bagh and Balakot area besides 90 small mosques and 30 Jamia mosques.

Dr. Khalid said that Saudi Ambassador is also supporting the organization in all its ongoing projects and personally lauded the efforts of him soon after the earthquake.

He said that the organization would continue to help Pakistani quake affectees on humanitarian basis and added the relations between the two brotherly Islamic countries would further strengthen in days to come.

On the occasion, Media Director, Ibrahim Homaily was also present.