FOCUS Pakistan responds in disaster affected areas of Gilgit-Baltistan

Report on Pamir Times Net and Daily Times com

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April 09, 2016: Heavy rain and snow fall that continued for 48 hours has brought life to a standstill in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. It triggered a series of snow avalanches, unusual flash floods and landslides damaging 600 houses with thousands of other homes reporting leaks in the roof.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) immediately responded to the crisis. It has deployed its Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) to conduct rapid assessments working with local communities. Over a 100 affected households were immediately provided tents and blankets from community stockpiles setup by FOCUS Pakistan for emergencies. Water purification sachets have been provided to over 50 households in Oshikhandas and Sherqilla with support from the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P).

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Heavy rains, landslides damage 600 houses in GB —  Daily Times com Pakistan

GILGIT: Heavy rains, snowfall that continued for 48 hours has brought life to a standstill in parts of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Chitral, which triggered a series of snow avalanches, unusual flash floods and landslides damaging 600 houses with thousands of other homes reporting leaks in the roof.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) immediately responded to the crisis. It has deployed its Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) to conduct rapid assessments working with local communities.

Over 100 affected households were immediately provided tents and blankets from community stockpiles setup by FOCUS Pakistan for emergencies. Water purification sachets have been provided to over 50 households in Oshikhandas and Sherqilla with support from the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan.

Read more on: Daily Times com

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The man who lost 15 family members due to a landslide in Uthoor Bari village of Kohistan — Pamir Times Net

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Village in Kohistan declared mass grave of 23 people buried by landslide — Pamir Times Net

Komila: Locals in Kandia Tehsil of District Kohistan have declared the Athorbandi village as a collective grave after failing to recover 23 people buried under the destroyed village. The Athor Bandi village, comprising of 19 houses, had been hit by a massive landslide earlier this week during the torrential rains that also caused widespread destruction in other parts of the KPK province and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The locals with inadequate support from the government had been trying for almost a week to dig through the debris with the hope of finding the buried people, dead or alive. The hope has now been overtaken by despair, because the locals don’t have the tools or machinery required to dig through the debris.

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About Focus Humanitarian Assistance

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Today, FOCUS units are located in six countries: Afghanistan, Canada, India, Pakistan, Europe (headquartered in the United Kingdom) and the United States. These offices serve as the primary implementers of FOCUS programs in different regions throughout the world. It also has additional field offices in Tajikistan. Each FOCUS Unit is incorporated as a registered charity or non-profit organisation in its respective country, and is governed by a Board of Directors.

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