Sunday, October 09, 2005

IRC Emergency Teams Aid Pakistan Quake Victims

The International Rescue Committee is dispatching three emergency teams to provide urgent assistance to earthquake survivors in the hardest hit districts of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

"One team, with shelter, water supply, sanitation and psychosocial specialists, has been dispatched to devastated Mansehra and Abbottabad," says Heng Djin Tik, the IRC's deputy director of programs in Pakistan.

She says a second team will head to Battagram and a third to Shangla Districts as soon as road conditions improve, as landslides are blocking access to many of the impacted towns.

"The IRC will initially provide emergency food and non-food materials including tents, blankets, milk, water and energy biscuits to affected families," Djin Tik adds. "Psychosocial specialists will also provide counseling to traumatized survivors."

The IRC is accepting donations to support our emergency relief efforts. Please call 1-877-REFUGEE to expedite resources to IRC’s Pakistan relief effort. Donations can also be made on the IRC’s web site.

Source: AlertNet
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