Road and Air Transportation Updates from UNJLC
UNJLC Muzaffarabad will act as a focal point to provide regular updates on road conditions and welcomes inputs from all operational partners. NGOs operating in the Muzaffarabad area can obtain road assessment forms either from the UNJLC team based at the UN compound or by contacting 0300 856 0168 or 0300 856 5968 for further details. UNJLC is also conducting other assessments in the area, including a fuel survey. The UNJLC Muzaffarabad team also encourages all humanitarian agencies operating in the district to attend the logistics cluster meeting scheduled for 19:00 on Tuesdays in the UN compound.
UNJLC is also investigating the potential use of assets such as the NATO/Luxembourg MD-900 helicopters to conduct rapid verification missions, subject to its availability. The key to the success of monitoring the road network will be the acquisition of information from all parties on the ground. UNJLC encourages all NGOs to submit road reports to either their local UNJLC field coordination team or to provide information via SMS to 0300 856 4252 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nato Air Bridge Status: UNJLC claims that, contrary to reports from some sources, the NATO air bridge has not closed. The military aircrafts operating principally out of Incirlik, Turkey, have been stood down, but remain subject to recall if necessary. In addition,
civilian charter flights continue to be arranged, as funds permit. So whilst the intensity of the operation has reduced, NATO will still consider validated requests for the transportation of high priority relief cargo. UN agencies and NGOs wishing to avail themselves of this offer should contact the UNJLC Civil Military Coordination unit in Islamabad on 0300 856 0164.
Source: Bulletin#21 - UNJLC (Pakistan)