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AFGHANISTAN: Dam burst causes flooding in Ghazni

ANKARA, 30 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - The Band-e Sultan dam in Afghanistan’s southeastern Ghazni province burst on early Tuesday causing flooding in the area, a UN official told IRIN from the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday.Full report

PAKISTAN: Rehabilitation plans for flood-affected areas

ISLAMABAD, 28 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - With improving weather conditions in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the focus is gradually shifting to the rehabilitation of local communities which have suffered nearly three months of heavy rain, snowfall, avalanches, landslides and flooding.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Flood relief under way

KABUL, 22 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Humanitarian relief began to be distributed on Tuesday to victims of Afghan floods, which have left at least four confirmed dead, 200 missing and thousands homeless, interior ministry officials said.Full report

PAKISTAN: Concerns over health conditions in north

ISLAMABAD, 15 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Concerns are growing over deteriorating health conditions in northern parts of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) after two months of torrential rains and record snowfall in the isolated region. Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Floods expected following harsh winter

KABUL, 10 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Following the harshest winter Afghanistan has seen in a decade, the risk of flooding remains high in some parts of the country as temperatures improve and snows begin to melt in mountainous areas, according to aid organisations in the Afghan capital Kabul.Full report

PAKISTAN: Emergency relief still needed in Balochistan and northern areas

ISLAMABAD, 10 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - About 100,000 people are still stranded with limited food supplies in the remote northern valleys of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) following weeks of widespread torrential rains, snowfall, landslides, avalanches and flooding.Full report

PAKISTAN: Focus on relief aid to northern Balochistan

QUETTA, 4 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Government agencies and relief agencies are still trying to get emergency assistance to thousands of isolated communities in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. In the first two weeks of February, persistent heavy rain and snowfall severely affected about 150,000 people in the northern upland district of Toba Kakar in Pishin and Toba Achakzai in the Qilla Abdullah district of the poverty-stricken province. Full report

PAKISTAN: Evacuations in Balochistan following dam breach

QUETTA, 2 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Local authorities on Wednesday evacuated some 5,000 people from low-lying villages in the southern coastal belt of Gawadar district in Pakistan's Balochistan province, after heavy rains caused a breach in the Aakra Kor dam, provincial relief officials told IRIN.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: Syrdarya floods, hundreds evacuated in south

ANKARA, 2 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - More than 500 people have been evacuated in southern Kazakhstan after the Syrdarya river broke its banks downstream from the Chardara reservoir.Full report

IRAN: Quake death toll passes 600

ANKARA, 28 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - More than 600 people are now known to have been killed in last week's devastating earthquake in Iran's southeastern Kerman province, an official from the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) told IRIN on Monday.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Natural Disasters

PAKISTAN: Focus on relief aid to northern Balochistan

IRAN: Focus on relief in aftermath of Kerman quake

KAZAKHSTAN: Interview on Almaty earthquake preparedness

KYRGYZSTAN: Interview with UNDP Resident Representative

PAKISTAN: Focus on earthquake victims in the north

Related Internet Links

Afghanistan Online

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghanistan Information Management Service

Conflict Prevention Initiative portal on Central Asia

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