Emergency Relief Appeal – Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan
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Emergency Relief Appeal

EMERGENCY IN BALOCHISTAN, AZAD KASHMIR, AND GILGIT BALTISTAN AMID HEAVY SNOWFALL AND LANDSLIDING

Current Situation

A state of emergency has struck parts of Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir following heavy snowfall and land-sliding. Major roads connecting Balochistan with other parts of the country have been blocked and hundreds of the people have been stranded in the region. Meanwhile, serious damages have occurred to properties in Gilgit Baltistan (especially in Astore which suffered from an earthquake and aftershocks recently), and dozens of people have died and scores have sustained serious injuries due to landslides and avalanches in Neelum, Upper Neelum and Leepa regions of Azad Kashmir. More than 30 people have also been reported as missing in the Surgan valley region. According to local administration and Alkhidmat Disaster Management Program, most of the damages have been recorded in villages Lawat, Keil, Kudyaan, Baila, Lawaat Bala, Khorriyan Dudhniyal, Shaikh Bela, Dakki Chaknar and Ghori. In Astore valley of Gilgit Baltistan, more than 300 houses have been damaged and over 650 families have been displaced to combat the harsh weather.

AJK & Giglgit Baltistan Emergency Survey

Response

Responding to these calamities, the disaster management teams of Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan are actively participating in rescue operations across all of the affected areas, and providing emergency relief goods wherever required. So far, 100 blankets have been distributed among the victim families in Balochistan, while similar efforts are underway in Azad Kashmir as well. In Gilgit Baltistan, 100 Food Packages, 100 Tarpaulins, 100 Winter Packages and 40 Tents have been distributed among the affected families. However, a mega relief operation is required to handle a disaster of such a large scale with the fears of an increase in damages to life and properties.

Activities

Appeal

Please come forward and join hands with Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan to provide immediate assistance to the affected families of Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan who are desperately seeking shelter, food and healthcare facilities.