Winter aid for Pakistan earthquake families 30th March, 2016
Islamic Help and its partners have delivered essential winter aid to hundreds of people affected by last year’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan.
Food, winter and hygiene kits plus toolkits for the reconstruction of homes were distributed to villagers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north-west of the country.
The beneficiaries were in areas worst affected by the October 2015 South Asia Earthquake which measured 8.1 magnitude and was centred on neighbouring Afghanistan.
More than 150 deaths were reported on the first day, and within a fortnight the death toll was estimated to have reached 400, the majority of them in Pakistan.
Thousands were injured and left in desperate need of emergency aid, while hundreds of buildings collapsed in towns and cities across the two countries.
The month-long winter relief programme in District Shangla in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was carried out by Islamic Help, United Muslim Relief and Muslim Hands.
It was aimed at hard-to-reach areas to alleviate the short term needs of communities which were still struggling to rebuild their homes in the aftermath of the earthquake.
A needs-based assessment was carried out with local officials in the two target villages, Kuz Kaley and Mandoria, to identify the most vulnerable households including those headed by women or the elderly; the disabled; orphans and chronic patients.
The distribution involved the provision of winter kits, food and non-food items including hygiene kits to 100 families, and 100 toolkits to help in the reconstruction of earthquake-damaged homes. The selected beneficiaries were registered through local committees and received aid at distribution points set up for the project.
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