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PAKISTAN: Acute respiratory infections increasing among quake survivors

MUZAFFARABAD, 16 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Sitting in his bed in a field hospital, Safir, 3, is coughing heavily, while his mother, Meerjan, gives him water to soothe the outbursts. The reason is pneumonia, say doctors at the field hospital run by the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.Full report

PAKISTAN: World Bank approves US $400 million for earthquake recovery

ISLAMABAD, 16 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The World Bank on Thursday approved an emergency credit of about US $400 million to support the earthquake recovery and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan over the next three years.Full report

PAKISTAN: Special refuge for vulnerable quake victims

HATTIAN, 15 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - There is something oddly comforting about the sight of eight-year-old Muhammad Iqbal, crying. The child earthquake survivor is weeping not from pain, hunger or cold, but because he has just been dismissed during a cricket game being played at a special shelter for women and children left alone by the quake. Full report

PAKISTAN: UNHCR sets up new camps for quake survivors

MUZAFFARABAD, 15 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is setting up new improved camps for thousands of survivors of the South Asian earthquake in Pakistani-administered Kashmir to help relieve pressure on existing sites.Full report

PAKISTAN: Survivors outside official quake camps need winterised tents

MUZAFFARABAD, 14 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - More than two months after the devastating earthquake that hit northern Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, thousands of survivors still live in non-winterised shelters, as night-time temperatures drop below zero, even in low-lying areas.Full report

PAKISTAN: UNODC to launch HIV/AIDS prevention programme in prisons

ISLAMABAD, 13 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is preparing to launch a drug abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention programme in Pakistani prisons by early 2006. Full report

PAKISTAN: Tenant quake survivors angry at lack of compensation

KOHISTAN, 12 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Dotted lines, depicting unmettalled roads, wind across maps of the little known district of Kohistan. In reality, these roads are nothing more than rough tracks, surrounded by wilderness in an area where tiny villages and hamlets are scattered at some distance from each other. The area is both physically inaccessible and reputed for lawlessness. As such, it is only rarely visited by outsiders. Full report

PAKISTAN: Thousands still without basic shelter two months after quake

MACHIARA VALLEY, 9 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Thousands of earthquake survivors are still without shelter more than two months on. The earthquake, which killed over 80,000 people, left an estimated 3.5 million survivors homeless. The exact figure of homeless survivors is not known, said Darren Boisvert, media and public information officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Full report

PAKISTAN: Dire need for clean water in many quake villages

MANCHIARA VALLEY, 8 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Hundreds of villages in northern Pakistan are without water after the October 8 earthquake that killed over 80,000 people and left 3.5 million without shelter, triggered landslides and split mountains, leaving natural springs dry and breaking water pipes.Full report

PAKISTAN: Poor health conditions at emergency quake camps

ISLAMABAD, 8 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Health experts have expressed grave concern over unsanitary conditions at over 1,000 spontaneous camps housing earthquake survivors in parts of northern Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Number of tented camps to increase

PAKISTAN: Interview with UN Humanitarian Area Coordinator, Rashid Khalikov

PAKISTAN: Interview with WHO country head, Khalif Bile Mohamud

PAKISTAN: Interview with Andrew MacLeod, head of UN Emergency Coordination Centre

PAKISTAN: Interview with UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Jan Vandemoortele


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