Alerts

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In June 2015, a terrible and unexpected heat wave claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people in Karachi and interior Sindh. As the death toll went up, many others were brought to major hospitals in the port city of Karachi for treatment. The majority of these patients had been affected by heat-related illnesses such as dehydration and heat stroke. In the South Asian region, India also suffered unbearably hot temperatures. According to TIME magazine, an extreme heat wave in India has already resulted in casualties across the country for the second consecutive year, with temperatures rising above 40°C in some areas.

This year, Community World Service Asia has initiated a support program for awareness aimed at spreading information about heatstroke. This will be carried out through social media, radio, and IEC (Information, Education and Communications) materials. By educating at-risk communities about the causes, symptoms, and preventive measures of heat/sunstroke, we can aim to reduce the mortality and morbidity rate among people affected by the heat wave in Sindh.

Other than spreading awareness, we will also be setting up first-aid health centers in six districts of Sindh to provide immediate care to affected communities. This will include medicines and ambulance service for critical patients.

We would like to thank our communities, donors and the government for their continued cooperation in this regard.

Contacts:

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Alison Sneddon
Head of Communications
Email: alison.sneddon@communityworldservice.asia

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The heavy rains which started from 9th of this month still continued to affect various parts of the country. So far Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, FATA and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have received intense precipitation leading to floods, avalanches and landslides, resulting in severe loss of human life as well as damage to physical and social infrastructure.

As per the update of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and local government departments, dated March 21, 2016, 122 people have been killed and 124 injured, while 1,620 houses have been completely or partially damaged due to rain and flood-related incidents in AJK, Baluchistan, FATA, KPK and Punjab.

The rains still continue in several areas and the risk of increase in the number of damages and losses is foreseen to be inevitable. Landslides have caused road blockages in different affected areas of KPK and AJK leaving certain areas inaccessible by road.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir: Bagh, Haveli, Poonch, Sudhnoti, Muzaffarabad and Hattian Bala are the worst affected districts of AJ&K. As per the information collected from the Deputy Commissioner (DC) offices of the respective districts, so far 14 people have been killed and 1,370 houses have been damaged, leaving 3,900 families affected.

The concerned government offices of AJ&K have requested for immediate support in the shape of food, tents, winterization support and provision of plastic sheets.

Response by Community World Service Asia:
Community World Service Asia is currently monitoring the situation. Its disaster response team is in close coordination with the government authorities and local partners present in the affected areas, and will propose the response strategy accordingly.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Alison Sneddon
Head of Communications
Email: alison.sneddon@communityworldservice.asia

At least 49 people have been killed and 80 injured as the rains and flash floods wreaked havoc across Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunwa, Punjab and FATA Region.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) 75 houses collapsed due to the relentless rains and flash floods.

Province Deaths Injured Houses Destroyed
Baluchistan 18 22 49
FATA 15 25 3
KP 6 15 19
Punjab 10 18 4
Total 49 80 75

The number of casualties and damages is expected to further increase as more information is received from the affected areas. Most of the casualties resulted from roof collapses and lightning.

To date, Baluchistan is the worst affected province with 18 people dead, 22 injured and 49 houses destroyed.

Low lying areas have been inundated due to the continuous rains while several roads have been blocked at different places due to Landslides in the hilly areas making access difficult to the affected areas.

Severe weather hits the country every year (usually monsoon season happens in the mid of the year) with hundreds killed and huge tracts of prime farmland destroyed in recent years. However, such a high precipitation in the month of March with lots of losses is unusual; and is attributed to the impact of El Nino.

During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.

Response by Community World Service Asia:
Community World Service Asia is currently monitoring the situation. Its disaster response team is in close coordination with the Government authorities and local partners present in the affected areas and will propose the response strategy accordingly.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Alison Sneddon
Head of Communications
Email: alison.sneddon@communityworldservice.asia

Heavy rain lashing for last several days have wreaked havoc in different areas of Baluchistan as houses collapsed and roads washed away causing deaths in many areas. The rain also continued to lash on the provincial capital, Quetta.

Heavy rains with thunderstorm were also reported in Zhob, Loralai, Musa Khel, Harnai, Dukki, Pishin, Khanozai, Kalat, Mastung, Sibi, Bolan, Awaran, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Dera Bugti and other areas of Baluchistan province which caused damages to mud houses and roads.

Two children were reportedly washed away in the flash flood and a man was killed while another eight people have sustained injuries due to lightning in the border area of Chaman.

Several roads were washed away due to hill torrents in Chaman, Toba Achakzai, Toba Kakari, Gwadar, Turbat and Khuzdar districts.

Power supply was also suspended in several areas due to heavy raining.

As per Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), heavy rains are also expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the next 4 days with High Risk of flash flooding in surrounding areas and very likely to intensify on Friday evening/night. The KP Government has already requested KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority and FATA Disaster Management Authority to be on alert and ready to respond should the situation worsen.

Community World Service Asia is currently monitoring the situation. Its emergency response teams are ready and will start emergency response activities if required.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Alison Sneddon
Senior Communications Officer
Email: alison.sneddon@communityworldservice.asia

Sources:
www.samaa.tv
www.ndma.gov.pk
www.nation.com.pk

ALERT

December 26th, 2015

Prepared by Communications Office

 

Severe jolts of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake have been felt in several cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan and in parts of northeast Afghanistan just after midnight on December 26th.
The strong tremors of the earthquake continued for about 80 to 90 seconds terrifying people and urging them rush out of their homes in the middle of the night.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake at 6.2 on the Richter scale, however the MET Department in Pakistan has reported the measurement to a magnitude of 6.9 after which an alert was also issued in the province.

According to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar’s spokesperson, 30 people have been injured due to the earthquake so far. Eighteen people have been reported injured in Swat.

The earthquake was measured at a depth of 203.5 kilometers (126 miles), and its recorded epicenter was 280 kilometers northeast of the Afghan capital in Kabul at 11:44 pm (1914 GMT) in the Hindukush mountain range.[i]

After the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck on October 26th this year, this has been the second strongest earthquake to occur in the same Hindu Kush range.

 

There have been no reports of any loss of life or property in any of the affected countries so far.

 

Contacts:

Allan A. Calma

Deputy Director

Disaster Management Program

allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia

Mobile: +92 301 5801621

 

Muhammad Fazal

Associate Director

Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change

fazil.sardar@communityworldservice.asia

Cell: +92 332 5586134

 

Nejabat Khan Safi

Associate Director

Disaster Management Program

nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia

Mobile: +93 799 326 628
Palwashay Arbab

Head of Communications

Palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia

Mobile: +92 42 3586 5338

 

Sources:

www.samaa.tv

www.tribune.com.pk

 

 

[i] US Geological Survey (USGS)- http://www.usgs.gov/

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Strong tremors of earthquake were felt in different parts of Pakistan and India at 12:50 pm (PKT). According to US Geological Survey (USGS) the magnitude of earthquake was found to be 7.2 at Richter Scale centered 28km deep in earth and 109km west of Murghob area in Tajikistan.

The earthquake mainly hit the northern parts of Pakistan including Islamabad, Sawat, Shangla, Abbotabad, Chitral, Charsada, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Peshawar, Malakand, Gilgit and Chilas. It is also reported that earthquake tremors were recorded in capital city of New Delhi and Indian occupied Kashmir.

This is the second strongest quake after the the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the bordering countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan on October 26 – centred in the Hindu Kush. The Hindu Kush mountain range stretches across 800km between central Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. The October 26th earthquake have so far left more than 300 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

There have been no reports of any losses to life or property in any of the affected countries so far.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Mobile: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Nejabat Khan Safi
Associate Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia
Mobile: +93 799 326 628

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Ph: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.dawn.tv
www.tribune.com.pk

The massive earthquake that struck at a frequency of 8.1 on the Richter scale shook Pakistan, Afghanistan, Northern India and Tajikistan on October 26, 2015 is said to be one of the strongest earthquakes to ever be experienced by these countries. According to the US Geological Service, the earthquake was 196 kilometers (121 miles) deep, and the epicenter was 82 kilometers southeast of Fayazabad, Afghanistan, in the district of Jurm, in the Hindu Kush mountain range.  The massive disaster has so far claimed 326 precious human lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan while more than 1,800 people are reportedly injured and counting as the reports are still arriving. The number of casualties is expected to increase since many of the affected areas are still cut off from any means of communication. Roads, mobile networks and basic infrastructure in many of the affected areas have been disrupted.

Pakistan: The Northern part of the country has been most affected by the earthquake. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) is the worst affected province in Pakistan where 252 human lives have been reported lost so far.

Affected Districts in KPK No. of Casualties
Shangla 48
Chitral 32
Bajaur 25
Lower Dir 22
Upper Dir 16
Lakki Marwat 22
Tor Ghar 19
Kohistan 11
Buner 9
Peshawar 4
Charsadda 3
Mardan 3
Nowshehra 2
Malakand 2
Swabi 2
Mansehra 1
Hangu 1

A total of 1,500 people have sustained injuries and more than 2,000 houses are reported as completely or partially damaged across the province. Thousands of the affected communities are spending their nights in the open grounds in near freezing temperatures and are reluctant to go back inside their homes in the fear of another earthquake and its aftershocks.

Afghanistan:  The epicenter of the 26th October earthquake was in the Badakhshan province in Northern Afghanistan. The region has been severely affected hit the devastating earthquake and has claimed a reported 115 human lives leaving 500 people injured so far.  The number of casualties is expected to rise as communication links with most of the affected areas are still cut off.

Affected Provinces in Afghanistan No. of Casualties
Kunar 20
Nangarhar 15
Badakhshan 12
Takhar 12
Laghman 5
Nuristan 5
Parwan 1

A reported 2,135 houses have been completely and partially damaged across the country.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia has mobilized its emergency response teams for Rapid Needs Assessment in Shangla, Kohistan, Buner, Malakand and Swat in Pakistan and in Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar in Afghanistan.  This needs assessment is planned in close coordination with district authorities as well as with other relevant stakeholders to devise a coordinated response plan to assist the affected people. We are closely monitoring the situation and will plan a response based on the needs and gaps identified.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communitryworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Nejabat Khan Safi
Associate Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia
Mobile: +93 799 326 628

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Ph: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.pdma.gov.pk
www.bbc.com
ANDMA
www.samaa.tv
www.tribune.com.pk

Eq 2015

Overall situation: The Pakistan Metrological Department reported this afternoon’s earthquake at a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred at PKT 2:09 PM.  The epicentre of the earthquake was recorded at 196 km (120 miles) deep at distance of 45 kilometers (28 miles) south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan in the HinduKush mountain range

According to US Geological Survey, the jolts of this powerful seismic activity were also felt in India, UAE and Afghanistan.

Pakistan: Pakistan has been once again been hit by a massive earthquake following the devastating disaster in 2005. A reported death toll of 125 people and over five hundred injured has been recorded across the country so far. Out of the total reported, ninety five people have been reported dead from KPK province alone.

The number of casualties and damages is however expected to increase in the coming hours since communication networks, roads and mobile phone services, in most of northern Pakistan, including Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK) province are still disrupted.

Hundreds of buildings have been reported to have collapsed in the cities of Peshawar, Swat, Lower Dir, Charsadda, Swat, Nowshehra, Batagram, Abbottabad and Mansehra in the KPK province. Damages and losses are also reported in Bajur agency, Gilgit and Hunza of in the north of Pakistan and in the cities of Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Multan, Kasur, Jehlum Gujranwala districts of the Punjab province.

Severe tremors of this earthquake were felt all across the country; residents of Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Quetta, Peshawar, Swabi, Kohat, Abbottabad, Swat, Malakand and Gilgit felt the tremors for more than two minutes.

According to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), countywide aftershocks are likely to be experienced in next 24 hours.

Afghanistan: A total of fifteen people have been reported dead and 104 injured in the Afghanistan so far. Twelve schoolgirls were trampled to death in the northern Afghan province of Taluqan city as they rushed to escape the school building, triggering a stampede as reported by the Takhar Education Department.

Six people were killed in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, with 69 others injured, Najeeb Kamawal, head of the local public hospital told AFP. A number of houses have been reported collapsed in Kabul, Parewan and Charikar cities while three buildings have been reported to have collapsed in Badkhshan province. Exact figures on the casualties and damages are yet to be recorded.

Badkhshan province  in Afghanistan is the nearest to the epicenter of today’s Earthquake, however, communication networks in Afghanistan are down, hence the data related to damages and losses is still in the process of compilation.

National and international response: Army troops directed to carry out immediate rescue work in any affected areas without waiting for formal orders,” Director General ISPR, Major General Asim Bajwa.

The army spokesman said that Chief of Army Staff presided over a snap conference following the earthquake and directed army teams for quick assessment of earthquake damages across country, especially in remote areas.

Community World Service Asia is gathering data through different sources including their local staff and partner organizations to plan for the rapid needs assessment. They will plan its response based on the needs identified in the field.

The situation at the moment is very fluid and can change drastically at any moment. Staff and partners are closely monitoring the situation and will plan a response based on the needs and gaps identified.

Due to breakdown of communication networks in parts of both the countries, the details of casualties, damages, and humanitarian needs are difficult to ascertain as of yet.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Mobile: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
Email: fazil.sardar@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Nejabat Khan Safi
Associate Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia
Mobile: +93 799 326 628

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Ph: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.samaa.tv
www.dawn.tv
www.geo.tv
www.afp.com
www.pdma.com

New wave of Displacement in Kunduz

Overall situation: Since April 24, 2015, the conflict between Afghanistan National Security Force (ANSF) and Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) have intensified in the North, Northeast and East, especially in Kunduz, Takhar, Kunar and Sari-pul provinces. This has led to the displacement of thousands of families in Kunduz, Takhar and Nangarhar provinces.

All shops, public transport, NGOs and offices in Kunduz city have been shut down since the conflict intensified two days ago. Two hospitals in Kunduz city are operational at the moment. Kunduz Province currently remains one of the most unstable areas in Afghanistan. Most of the IDPs that had temporarily settled in Kunduz city have now moved to Ali Abad and Char Dara districts and some to Imam Sahib and Sar-dawra, ahilltop near Kunduz Airport. While other families have moved to Taluqan city in Takhar province. The inflow of IDPs to the outskirts of the Jalalabad city is similarly increasing following the intensifying conflict in the Kot, Achin, Agam, Chaparhar and Khugyani districts.

Conflict-induced displacement continues to be largely triggered by AOGs ground offensives and by the ANSF counteroffensives, often through large-scale military operations, including aerial bombardments. More recently, and on a more localized level in Eastern region, displacement has also been triggered by clashes between armed opposition groups. In several situations, no party in the conflict appears able to capitalize on and hold territorial gains made over time. As a result, the frontlines and control over areas rapidly shifts, causing swift population movements and rapid displacement cycles that are increasingly difficult to track. Nonetheless, our nationwide programs in Afghanistan continue to operate.

The affected communities are now rushing to safer grounds in a state of emergency. Most of them have had no time to take their belongings along with them.  Wherever these displaced populations will take refuge, they will be in immediate need of emergency assistance in the shape of food, non-food items (NFIs), health, shelter, cash grants and livelihood opportunities. The communities of Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar, and Nangarhar provinces have recently been affected by floods as well which resulted in a major losses of food, health, shelter and other livelihood assets.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia has recently been responding to the needs of IDPs in Kunduz Province providing monthly food package for two months with the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Direct contact with stakeholders in the area, including local government, partners and those assisted during the recent response has been established. We are closely monitoring the situation and will plan a response based on the needs and gaps identified.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Mobile: +92 301 5801621

Nejabat Khan Safi
Associate Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia
Mobile: +93 799 326 628

Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
Email: palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Mobile: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.cnn.com
www.reuters.com
Local partners

Heavy rains have once again triggered flash floods in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The first spell of the rains poured on August 17, 2015 as a result of which one person died, eight were reported missing, two hundred and forty houses were totally destroyed, hundreds of families displaced and a reported five hundred families directly affected. The floods have damaged tens of hectors of agriculture land, water wells and the roads between Mohmandara, Ghani Khail and Lalpura districts of Nangarhar Province.

The same area of Nangarhar experienced another spell of heavy rains on the night of August 20th and 21st between 11:00 am-12:30 pm. The heavy rainfall has adversely affected seventy more families and has caused massive destruction to additional agricultural land.

According to the observations of the Community World Service Asia’s field team in Afghanistan, there is a dire need of rehabilitation in terms of shelter, food and non-food items for these affected communities.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and other organizations have deployed survey teams in the affected areas to collect information about the damages done in the area. The results collected will be shared with other stakeholders for further response planning.

Community World Service Asia’s Response:

Community World Service Asia is monitoring the situation and coordinating with other organizations/stakeholders in the area and will plan its response considering the needs.

Contacts:

Nejabat Safi

Associate Director

Disaster Management Program

nejabat.safi@communityworldservice.asia

Cell: +93 799326628

 

Sources:

Local Authority Nangarhar