Thematic Area:

Humanitarian Response

  Project Period:

February-April, 2016

  Donor Agency:

Care International

  Project Locations:

Distt. Swat, KP

Project Description:

On Monday, 26 October, 2015 (14:09:32 PST) an earth quack of 8.1 magnitude struck Pakistan with the epic entre located in Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan bordering Pakistan. The earth quack jolts were felt all over major cities of Pakistan; however northern parts of the country including Malakand and Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Bajaur and Mohmand Agency and Gilgit Baltistan region were severely hit. 

According to the PDMA report, 24 districts of KP have been affected by earth quack. Official figures of death toll have reached to 232. Approximately 1415 people got injured. Damages to infrastructure are enormous as reportedly 90,917 houses and 1424 schools have been damaged.

The winter season has already commenced in Swat district with freezing temperatures and snowfall. Reconstruction of houses is not possible until end of the winter season and transitional housing will be required. Large gaps exist at the district level and huge number of people are in need of adequate shelter and relief items, particularly those living in high altitude areas as they are more vulnerable to the cold. The priority is therefore reaching the earthquake affected people with winterization kits and emergency supplies to ensure their situation does not further deteriorate.

The government and army are responding to the situation and providing cash compensation to the affected population. Government has not launched the international appeal and as a result no primary need assessment has been conducted. Apart from this, local and NGOs are facing issues pertaining to humanitarian access.

Based on government recommendations, NGOs coordination and initial field visits; we proposed to provide adequate transitional shelter and toolkits allowing communities to build temporary shelters alongside the cash they are receiving from the government. The transitional shelter will protect beneficiaries from the effects of winter and protection concerns that come from shared housing. The proposed project is to address immediate non-food needs of poor and vulnerable families affected from earthquake disaster benefitting 3500 men, women, boys and girls.

 The project implemented at Tehsils Barikot, Charbagh and Babozai of District Swat where 2020 houses were reported fully damaged by district authorities. The total fully damaged reported houses 2020 includes, 984 at Tehsil Babozai, 733 at Tehsil Barikot and 303 at Tehsil Charbagh of the district.