Situation Updates

The Super Typhoon Haima slammed a large area of Luzon, in the north of the Philippines on the 19th of October 2016 and particularly damaged the town of Peňablanca in Cagayan Province, where it made landfall. With its wide diameter, the super typhoon battered five regions.

The typhoon also brought with it heavy rains which led to landslides, over-flowing of major river basins and their tributaries resulting in surface flooding, and submerging of low-lying areas affecting houses and farms.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Council in the Philippines and its regional counterparts; Local Government Units (LGUs), and various agencies have called for pre-emptive measures that includes activation of 24-hour operation centers, preposition of emergency supplies for relief and operational activities, pre-emptive and forced evacuation, cancellation of travel (by air and sea), cancellation of schools schedules, among others.

According to the Rapid Assessment carried out by the Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) and Oxfam, an estimate of 13,297 families or 51,458 persons have been affected. Out of these, 10,606 families or 40,515 persons are staying in 334 evacuation centers currently while 2,691 families or 10,943 persons are outside of these centres.

As per initial partial reports:

  • Municipality of Baggao:
    -1,214 households evacuated
    -Initial estimate on damaged rice farms in Baggao only was put to PHP18 Million
  • Municipality of Lassam:
    2,757 population affected
    –  346 households are still flooded
    – 4,400 hectares of rice farms are damaged (2,150 totally damaged, 2,250 partially damaged)

As per the initial reports, 258 totally damaged houses, 2,868 partially damaged houses are reported in Lasam and Baggo municipalities. A total of 456 hectares of corn, cacao, vegetables, banana are also affected.

Pre-emptive and forced evacuations resulted in fewer casualties in all affected areas though there are some reported deaths and injuries. Clearing operations were immediately undertaken by LGUs and concerned agencies mainly to restore access to major roads.

Beddings, construction materials for house repairs, rehabilitation of damaged social structures such as schools and government buildings are an urgent need at the moment. Support to rehabilitation and recovery of farms of rice, corn and vegetables is also prioritized as this may result in food shortage as Cagayan and Isabela are two of the country’s primary source of rice and vegetables.

Community World Service Asia’s Response: Community World Service Asia is closely coordinating with its partner in the Philippines. Deployment plans have been shared and mobilization of its partners, local personnel and volunteers as well as inventory of stockpile.  Community World Service Asia will continue to monitor the situation and will plan its response considering the needs.

Contacts:

Emmeline Managbanag
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: mae.managbanag@gmail.com
Cell: 0063 0908 102 1016

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

Sources of Information: PDRRN field team

Picture Source: http://www.dhakatribune.com/

Typhoon Haima (Lawin) made its landfall over Penablanca, Cagayan at 11:00 p.m., 19 October, 2016 and brought havoc to the whole of Cagayan Valley and neighboring provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela and Ilocos Norte.

Heavy rains and strong winds left hundreds of damaged facilities, infrastructures, and disruption of major lifelines including total power failure and communication breakdown.

As of today, access to information has been difficult and sufficient information on the extent and impact of damage could not be gathered. However, initial partial reports indicate the following:

Partial report on affected population in the province of Cagayan:

  • Municipality of Baggao:
    18, 942 people or 4,365 families (flood)
    4,657 people or 1,235 families (landslide)
    23,599 people or 5,600 families TOTAL
    More or less 10,000 people in Evacuation Centers
    Road to Baggao not passable
  • Municipality of Sta. Ana:
    More than 10,000/ 2,000 affected by storm surge/flood from
    15 coastal barangays
    416 Evacuation Centers
  • Municipality of Allacapan:
    48 families reported to have evacuated
    Damaged to public infrastructures and an undetermined number of houses
  • Municipality of Lassam:
    Undetermined number of People in evacuation centers.

Action Taken:   

  • Initial support has been provided by Baggao Local Government Unit consisting 300 food packs /300 cavans of rice and 600 food packs  for Sta. Ana.
  • A composite team will proceed to Cagayan Valley to conduct Rapid Needs Assessment.

Contacts:

Emmeline Managbanag
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
Email: mae.managbanag@gmail.com
Cell: 0063 0908 102 1016

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

Sources of Information: PDRRN field team

A result of global warming, an extreme heat wave has hit India and Pakistan for the second consecutive year. In India, more than 100 people have lost their lives due to severe heat with temperatures soaring as high as 40°C and above. The worst affected areas include western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, eastern Rajasthan and some parts of Madhya Pradesh.

While last year, the heat wave struck Karachi and other parts of Sindh in June, this year it has hit the province even earlier. A heat wave alert for Karachi had already been issued by the Meteorological Department for three days starting from today (Friday).

Doctors have just confirmed the first death from heatstroke near Manghopir Mazaar, as reported by Geo TV.

In this time of need, we have issued an appeal to our partners and are still receiving pledges to provide life saving services to communities in Sindh province.

Our social media campaign will be starting from today and is aimed at creating awareness regarding heatstroke and necessary precautions that must be taken during the heat wave.

Other than spreading awareness, we will also be setting up health centers to provide immediate care to those suffering from heat-related illnesses.

Sources: Reuters, GEO Tv

Picture: (Reuters: Fayaz Aziz)

Since Saturday 2 April, torrential rains and flooding have led to collapsing roofs and land sliding incidents, causing extensive devastation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), with the death toll escalating to 71.

Among the deceased, 45 people are from KP, 14 from GB and 12 from AJK, while the extent of damages are expected to increase as detailed information will be received from the affected areas.  Landslides are blocking main highways and link roads in Hazara and Malakand divisions in KP, and in AJK, while swelling rivers and streams are damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, as floods wash away homes and shops.

Forecasters have predicted that unstable weather will continue over the next 24 hours, especially in Malakand and Hazara divisions. This flooding follows severe rain and flood-related damage which killed 122 people, injured 124 and destroyed or damaged 1,620 houses across Pakistan and AJK last month.

The Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan has already declared a state of emergency in the province.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Food, tents and winterization to support the affected families in AJK were proposed by the district government in AJK during last month’s flooding.  The same support is also expected to be required support in KPK and GB.  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
Acting Head of Communications
Email: alison.sneddon@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +44 7575 284828

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

The earthquake 26 October, 7.5 magnitude earthquake affected sixteen provinces in Afghanistan and two provinces along with the FATA region in Pakistan. It left a total of 395 people dead, 2,269 injured and 116,639 houses damaged in both the countries. Infrastructural damage was most extensive near the epicentre of the quake in both the countries. Access to the affected provinces is most difficult due to the volatile security situation in Afghanistan and the rugged terrain in both the quake hit countries.

The decreasing temperatures in the affected zones of both the countries is another hurdle in accessibility to the areas. With no appropriate shelter, the earthquake hit communities are forced to face the harsh winter in compromising conditions, struggling to meet their basic survival requirements.

Pakistan: As per the latest information released by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), so far 280 people have died, 1,745 have been injured and a total of 98,094 houses have been damaged across the country. Out of the total houses damaged, 92 percent were located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Damages to infrastructure such as roads, bridges and communication networks, in the affected areas are also significant.

Protection against the near freezing temperatures is the priority need of the affected communities. In this regard, winterization support is a highly recommended form of assistance by the district government. This is followed by health services which also a critical need of the quake hit communities who are exposed to the dropping temperatures without adequate winter supplies.

Afghanistan: A total of 115 people have died, 524 people have been injured and 18,545 houses have been damaged in Afghanistan. A recorded 6,929 houses out of the total damaged have been completely destroyed. A reported 130,093 people have been affected across the country as per the latest report, however the damage assessment is still ongoing which may result in a further increase in number of damages.

More than 50,000 people have been affected in Badakhshan province where property damage was most widespread. Access remains the major challenge in providing assistance to the earthquake affected people in Afghanistan. The primary needs of the affected communities in the country have been identified as basic household supplies, blankets, tents, hygiene kits and shelter for those families whose houses have been completely destroyed.

Quality and Accountability Related Issues

Afghanistan: Community World Service Asia has conducted a Rapid Accountability Need Assessment (RANA) with local and international organizations working on the earthquake response in Afghanistan.  Listed below are the accountability related issues that have surfaced in the assessment;

  • Organizations have less capacity to handle complaints as they do not have proper Complaint Response Mechanisms (CRM) in place or trained staff to deal with the concerns of the communities
  • Due to current developing security situation, some international organizations are unable to reach far flung and remote affected communities

Pakistan: Community World Service Asia organized an Accountability Learning and Working Group (ALWG) meeting on Nov 19, 2015 to discuss the challenges and issues faced by humanitarian actors in responding to the recent Earthquake in Pakistan.  Ten national and International organizations including UN agencies participated in the event. Listed below are the identified accountability related issues;

  • Access to the severely affected areas is still a major issue
  • 50 percent of the affected community is still waiting for compensation
  • The Government is disbursing compensation amounts through cheques however most of the earthquake affected communities do not have bank accounts to cash their cheques
  • No proper emergency evacuation system has yet been placed for children in earthquake affected areas. The schools in these areas are still not functional either.
  • Some of the organizations have provided shelters to the communities but the quality of the shelters does not take in account resilience to changing and extreme weather.
  • Some community members have started reconstructing their homes but they are not following the earthquake resilient structure guidelines.
  • Lack of coordinated assessment is still a major challenge.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia’s Emergency Health Response team has provided health services through Mobile Health Units in District Shangla for 12 days where the team treated 1,853 patients, of which 975 were male patients and 878 were female. A total of 136 lab tests have also been carried out at the MHU. Since November 16th, the team has started operating as a static Basic Health Unit at UC Kuzkana in the Shangla district, where the team has assisted more than 600 patients, and carried more than a hundred lab tests so far. Community World Service Asia has also distributed one month food packages to 371 families and distributed 812 winterization kits to affected families till date. In the coming days more distributions of winterization kits will also take place.

Please follow our live photo update from the earthquake affected areas on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/communityworldserviceasia/ .

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:
http://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/
http://www.pmd.gov.pk/
http://www.Reliefweb.int
OCHA Afghanistan
IOM Afghanistan

The high intensity earthquake of October 26th has claimed a total of 392 human lives, left 2,492 people injured and has damaged a recorded 114,997 houses and has left as many families living without shelter under the open skies in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Besides the human losses, the earthquake has also impaired the physical infrastructure such as road, bridges and buildings in the earthquake affected areas in the two countries. The temperature in the north of Pakistan and Afghanistan, being the most affected region, is falling drastically and have started receiving the season’s first snowfalls. With no appropriate shelter, the earthquake hit communities are forced to face the harsh winter in compromising conditions, struggling to meet their basic survival requirements.

Access to scattered populations in the affected areas is also proving difficult as most of the roads to these regions have been damaged by the earthquake and landslides, leaving limiting access to heavy trucks and only allowing small 4×4 vehicles. This has been resulting in organizations facing problems in beneficiary identification, selection and distribution activities. Some affected areas, in fact, are reported to be only reachable by foot.

Pakistan:

No. of Casualties Injured Houses Damaged Schools Damaged
280 1,982 103,268 497

All the damaged schools in Pakistan are in located in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province where alone the earthquake has claimed 232 human lives, has left 1,577 people injured and destroyed a total of  89,102 houses.

A total of 120 aftershocks have been recorded so far since the earthquake first struck on the afternoon og of October 26th. Rain accompanied with snowfall in some isolated areas situated in the north of the KPK province is expected in the coming days. This may intensify the need of proper sheltering against the consequences of weather extremes as the communities in these area are among the most affected by the earthquake. Winterization support is an immediate need of the affected communities here. This need was also reiterated by the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Shangla district.

Winter kits, shelter, NFIs and health interventions have been identified as the foremost needs of the affected communities in Pakistan.

Afghanistan:

Affected Areas No. of Casualties Injured Houses Damaged
Badakhshan,
Baghlan, Kunar
and Nangarhar
112 510 11,729

Access remains the most significant challenge in providing assistance to the earthquake affected people in Afghanistan. The primary needs of the affected communities in the country have been identified as basic household supplies, blankets, tents, hygiene kits and shelter for those families whose houses have been completely destroyed.

Accountability related issues: Community World Service Asia conducted a Rapid Needs Assessment in Shangla, Swat, Buner and Malakand districts of KPK where information regarding accountability related issues has been also sought from the affected communities. Listed below are some of the identified issues:

  1. There is a need to increase knowledge on standards for using relief package development
  2. Effective coordination and collaboration among relevant stakeholders in early stage is needed
  3. The value of humanitarian principles is not properly comprehended
  4. Joint referral and complaint management system is required
  5. Some households are currently using either plastic sheeting, tarpaulins or substandard tents to protect themselves against cold temperatures, rain, and wind. Many of the emergency shelters or makeshift shelters do not meet SPHERE standards, including size and thermal protection.
  6. Local Organizations are reluctant to achieve or follow requirements.
  7. There is an absence of Complaint registering mechanism in Afghanistan

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia’s Emergency Health Response team is currently providing health services through their Mobile Health Unit in District Shangla. The unit is supported by a Mobile Laboratory that diagnoses the affected communities through tests. The unit has so far conducted 1712 consultations in the four union councils of Kuz Kana, Shahpur, Pirkhana and Malak Khel of district Shangla. A total of 803 male and 909 female patients have been checked at the MHU since it has been set up. These include children. In addition, 123 lab tests have also been carried out in these three union councils.

Provision of emergency winterization kits and food as a means of extending the assistance is scheduled to start soon by Community World Service Asia. The current target districts for response are Shangla and Swat while expansion to other districts is subject to the community needs and the availability of funds.

Please follow our live photo update from the earthquake affected areas on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/communityworldserviceasia/ .

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:
http://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/
http://www.pmd.gov.pk/
http://www.Reliefweb.int
OCHA Afghanistan
IOM Afghanistan

The 26th October earthquake has caused extensive damages to houses in the affected areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The recorded death toll has reached to 363, while 2,358 people have been left injured and a reported 95,048 houses have been damaged and rendered inhabitable. Thousands of families have been left homeless in harsh conditions across the earthquake affected zone in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The extreme winter in these areas could lead to more hardships as communities have been left without shelter, wearable clothes or food to cope with the cold weather.

Moreover, this earthquake has resulted in considerable damage to the infrastructure, buildings, transport links and telecommunication networks in the north of the two bordering countries.

Pakistan: The number of reported deaths and damaged households in Pakistan has increased to 279 human lives, injuring 1,964 people and leaving 94,548 families without shelter. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) alone, 232 people have died, 1,561 have been injured, 495 school buildings have been damaged and 81,713 houses destroyed.

Since the day the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck, 108 aftershocks have been recorded in the country. Terrified, affected communities rush out of their homes and make-shift shelters to save their lives every time an aftershock strikes. The winter in the north is expected to become harsher in the coming days as snowfalls continue.  The cold weather is increasing the high probability of health concerns among the affected populations that have adequate shelter or other ways to protect themselves from the freezing temperatures. Winterization support is the most urgent need of the affected communities. This need is also validated by the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Shangla district.

Winter kits, shelter, NFIs and health interventions have been identified as the foremost needs of the affected communities.

Afghanistan: The earthquake has damaged houses and resulted in potential casualties across northern, central and eastern Afghanistan, impacting a total of 13 provinces and 102 districts in the countryl Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nooristan provinces are the most affected. Approximately 6,900 families have been affected by this natural disaster, leaving 84 people dead and 394 injured across Afghanistan. 

The primary needs of the affected communities in Afghanistan are also identified as basic household supplies, blankets, tents, hygiene kits and shelters for those families whose houses have been completely destroyed. Access in some of the affected areas remains a challenge due to the difficult terrain and the prevalent security concerns.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia’s Emergency Health Response team is currently providing health services through their Mobile Health Unit in District Shangla. The unit is supported by a Mobile Laboratory that diagnoses the affected communities through tests. The unit has so far conducted 856 consultations in the four union councils of Kuz Kana, Shahpur, Pirkhana and Malak Khel of district Shangla. A total of 442 male and 414 female patients have been checked at the MHU since it has been set up. In addition, 65 lab tests have also been carried out in these three union councils.

Provision of emergency winterization kits and food as a means of extending the assistance is scheduled to start soon by Community World Service Asia. The current target districts for response are Shangla and Swat while expansion to other districts is subject to the community needs and the availability of funds.

Community World Service Asia’s Emergency Response Teams are currently conducting assessments in Afghanistan which will shape the response strategy for the country.

Please follow our live photo update from the earthquake affected areas on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/communityworldserviceasia/ .

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:
http://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/
http://www.andma.gov.af/
http://www.pmd.gov.pk/
OCHA Afghanistan
IOM Afghanistan

The earthquake that took place on October 26, 2015, has cost 386 precious human lives, left 2,542 people injured with 36,285 houses damaged and rendered inhabitable, leaving the affected families in miserable conditions across the earthquake affected areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The earthquake survivors in both the countries are fighting against the extreme cold weather as well as for their basic needs of survival such as food, Non Food Items, livelihood and the like.

The earthquake has caused extensive and devastating damages to the infrastructure, buildings, roads, bridges and telecommunication networks.

Pakistan: A total of 271 people have reportedly died while 2,148 people have been reported injured and 35,785 houses have been damaged due to the earthquake in Pakistan so far. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being on top of the affected provinces of the country, reports a death toll of 225, with 1,756 being the number of people getting injured and 25,636 houses that have been damaged.

85 aftershocks have been recorded since the major earthquake struck the region in October, 2015. Cold and dry weather is prevailing throughout the earthquake affected regions in Pakistan, making life miserable for the affected communities. The people have no proper protection measures against the cold weather, are living in a state of emergency – desperately in need of winterization kits and shelters support. Those who have lost their houses have lost everything under their roofs, including food stock as well as other household items which could also lead to malnutrition as well as health and hygiene concerns among the affected communities.

Winterization support, shelter, food, NFI and health interventions have been identified as the top needs of the affected communities which require immediate attention.

Afghanistan: Initial reports indicate damaged homes and potential casualties across northern, central and eastern Afghanistan, impacting 13 provinces (102 districts) in total. Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nooristan provinces are the most affected. Approximately 6,900 families have been affected by the earthquake, with 84 individuals killed and 394 injured across Afghanistan.

The main needs of the affected population are basic household supplies, blankets, tents, hygiene kits and shelters for those whose houses have been completely destroyed. Access in some of the affected areas remains a challenge due to difficult terrain and security concerns.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia’s Emergency Health Response team is currently providing health services through Mobile Health Unit in District Shangla. The unit is supported by Mobile Laboratory for diagnosing the diseased through diagnostic tests. The unit has so far conducted 510 consultations in the three union councils of Kuz Kana, Shahpur and Malak Khel of district Shangla. It includes 275 male and 235 female patients. Apart from this, 28 lab tests have also been carried out in these three union councils.

Provision of Emergency Winterization kits and food are the other proposed assistance methods by Community World Service Asia, scheduled to start very soon. The current target districts for response are Shangla and Swat while the response will be extended to other districts, subjected to needs and the availability of funds.

Community World Service Asia’s Emergency Response Teams are currently conducting assessments in Afghanistan and the response strategy for Afghanistan is to be drafted in line with the needs identified in the assessment.

Kindly read the attached document on “Key Messages on Quality and Accountability during Humanitarian Response to Earthquake Affected Communities,” and share it further. Also read our first story from the field at: http://communityworldservice.asia/rain-my-familys-savior/ .

Please follow our live photo update from the earthquake affected areas on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/communityworldserviceasia/ .

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:
http://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/
http://www.andma.gov.af/
http://www.pmd.gov.pk/
OCHA Afghanistan
IOM Afghanistan

The earthquake survivors of the October 26th earthquake are currently enduring harsh conditions due to accessibility issues and the unavailability of basic lifesaving support in the affected regions of the two hard-hit quake countries. The fear of another such deadly earthquake striking remains in the hearts of the survivors as they have been experiencing aftershocks for the third consecutive day.  As of now, the earthquake has claimed a reported 387 human lives, has left 2,577 people injured and 34,746 houses destroyed in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The earthquake has resulted in extensive damages to the infrastructures in both the countries.  Buildings, roads, bridges and telecommunication networks have been severely affected in the quake hit zones. According to the initial findings of Community World Service Asia’s need assessment reports, the affected communities are in immediate need of food support, winter kits, emergency health assistance and nonfood items.

Pakistan: A total of 272 reported people have died, 2,152 people have been reported injured and 25,376 houses have been damaged leaving thousands of people homeless and without shelter in Pakistan so far. These communities are currently spending their nights under the open sky. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the hardest hit province of the country where the damages are reported to be around 60- 70percent of that of the whole country’s damages. Due to the region’s mountainous and harsh terrain, receiving accurate figures of damages is challenging and time consuming. The severe cold weather of the affected areas is further making survival difficult for those affected. Some families have taken refuge at their neighbors’ or relatives’ homes who are already pressed with the lack of day-to-day resources.

Needs Assessment Result: Since the affected communities are faced with harsh weather conditions, they are in immediate need of winterization kits, food and health support. It was found in the needs assessment report from Swat and adjacent districts that rumors are emerging around compensations and relief provisions to affected populations. The main news being one that the Government is providing s compensation to affected people. Due to this, they have started submitting applications to Government departments and the local consular regarding their selection for relief assistance. In reality however, the Government has not yet announced anything regarding compensating affected people. These rumors should be addressed in the community immediately before it leads to conflict between government representatives and the local community. This indicates a lack of available information to the communities.

A total of seventy four aftershocks have been recorded since Monday in the many quake hit cities of Pakistan. Rain and snowfall has been forecasted in the affected regions in the coming days which will further intensify the harsh weather conditions undoubtedly adding to the difficulties being faced by the affected populations. As per the Met Department, relief activities in these areas are feared to be hindered due to the expected landslides.

Afghanistan: As of today, a total of 115 people been reported dead, 500 injured and 9,370 houses completely damaged due to the earthquake in Afghanistan.  Among the twelve affected provinces of the country, Badakhshan, kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Nuristan and Takhar are the worst affected.

Initial reports suggest damages to public infrastructure including schools, clinics and government facilities. Access to quake-affected areas continues to be a significant challenge in the response process due to the rugged topography and high security situation in the most severely-affected parts.

Emergency Shelter, winterization kits, food assistance, and water & sanitation have emerged to be the immediate needs of the earthquake affected communities in Afghanistan.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia’s emergency response teams have completed their assessments in Pakistan and are currently finalizing the assessment reports. The needs assessment in Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar in Afghanistan have also started.

The assessment findings revealed that the affected communities require winterization kits, food, shelter and health support immediately. Community World Service Asia’s Mobile Health Unit shall be fully operational in district Shangla from tomorrow and shall be providing basic emergency health care services to the affected communities. Winterization support and food shall also be started in the coming week while the response will be extended subject to the availability of funds.

Kindly read the attached document on “Key Messages on Quality and Accountability during humanitarian response to Earthquake affected communities” and share it further. Also read our first story from the field @ http://communityworldservice.asia/rain-my-familys-savior/ .

Please follow our live photo update from the earthquake affected areas on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/communityworldserviceasia/

Download Key Messages on Quality and Accountability

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
Cell: +93 799 326 628

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

Sources:
http://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/
http://www.andma.gov.af/
OCHA Afghanistan
www.samaa.tv