by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, January 12: Pakistan chapter of the The Focus Humanitarian Assistance agency, an affiliate of AKDN, is playing a leading role in the relief operations for the affected people of the devastating landslide in Attaabad Hunza that killed 19 people and displaced over 1500 others.
“We have provided relief goods of more than 12.5 million to the affected people”, said Salmanuddin, a representative of the FOCUS while talking to media persons at a camp in Altit. He said the voluntary Search and Rescue Teams (SART), Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART), Community Emergency Response Team and Village Emergency Response Teams were the
first to respond in the post disaster situation.
“FOCUS is also closely coordinating the relief operations for the 316 families evacuated from the affected villages and now living in school camps established in the Altit village”, he added. FOCUS has provided seven trucks of relief goods including flour, rice, sugar, pulses, tea, fuel, kitchen utilities, blankets, pillows, wood and other items. The organization issued bedding and immediate utility items to nearly 173 families in the camps.
He further said that the survey results developed by geologist of FHA were shared with all relevant stakeholders and on recommendation of FOCUS, the
25 households were evacuated from Attabad Bala which saved the lives of about 180 people. “Our geologists and volunteers are closely monitoring the lake movement and identifying the potential threat areas to minimize losses”, he added.
“FOCUS has developed plan to deal with the potential emergency situation which could arise in low-lying areas of Gojal due to the lake formation”, he said.