As of 6 August, 67 people had been killed, 128 injured and 222 houses damaged due to flooding as a result of heavy rains between 20 June and 5 August. Heavy rains, the overflow of water channels and high winds caused most of the damage to property and loss of life. The greatest number of fatalities have been reported in the Punjab province where 31 people have died, and 71 people have been injured.
Pakistan is one of the country’s most vulnerable to natural and human-induced disasters worldwide.
In the past fifteen years it has experienced large-scale earthquakes, floods, droughts and complex emergencies. Its humanitarian preparedness and response capacity has developed tremendously in that time. Pakistan already has significant experience of major humanitarian cash transfer programmes and is actively building on this foundation.
The Humanitarian Strategic Plan addresses the needs of 2.23 million people in Pakistan. In 2017, the humanitarian partners will support 0.14 million people that have been displaced from FATA, .48 million IDPs that have returned to FATA, 1.34 million registered Afghan refugees, and 0.27 million malnourished children and women.
In addition, humanitarian partners will support the Government with disaster preparedness and coordination.
A powerful earthquake struck Badakshan Province in Afghanistan 10 April and also affected a large area of Pakistan.
According to the US Geological Service the magnitude 6.6 quake struck at 10:28 UTC (UTC), at a depth of 210 kilometers, with the epicenter in Badakshan, Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Considerable shaking was felt in Khyber Paktunkhwa (KP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Pakistan Administered Kashmir, as well as in the capital Islamabad.
Most remaining IDPs are expected to return to FATA in 2016.
With over 1.5 million remain- ing registered Afghan refu- gees, Pakistan constitutes the world’s largest protracted refugee situation.
Female-headed households have more dif culty access- ing assistance due to a lack of documentation and cultural restrictions.
Displacement and natural disasters compound already high rates of food insecurity in Pakistan.
On 26 December 2015, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan. The epicenter of the quake was in the remote Afghan province of Badakhshan, close to the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan.
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• CERF allocation to support 45,000 families of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with lifesaving health, water, sanitation, shelter, protection, food, education, and nutrition services.
• Cash Transfer Programming offers freedom and dignity of choice in humanitarian crises.
Houses Damaged 107,389
The earthquake affected areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas remain the focus of relief efforts. The region will continue to receive rain and snowfall in the coming week. The number of damaged houses continues to rise as assessments continue. In KP 31 percent of the fatalities were women and 38 per cent children.
Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were the most affected districts in the earthquake, and are the focus of relief activities.
The se areas received heavy showers and some snowfall during the week, compounding the hardship of the affected population.
The number of houses reported damaged by the earthquake is increasing considerably as more information becomes available on difficult to access areas. The Government estimates that over 59,000 houses have been damaged, of which 85 per cent are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 14 per cent are in FATA. The districts of Chitral, Shangla, Swat, and Upper and Lower Dir are the worst affected, and account for nearly 70 per cent of the houses damaged across the country.
(Islamabad, 29 October 2015): The United Nations team in Pakistan offers our deepest sympathies to all those that have been affected by the Badakshan earthquake. This event is made more poignant occurring so soon after the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Kashmir earthquake, which claimed ten of thousands of lives in 2005. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said his thoughts and those of the international community are with the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan, as are those of the humanitarian community; both within Pakistan and around the world.
Islamabad, 28 October, 2015
Islamabad, 27 October, 2015