Message from APPNA Relief Co-ordinator

I’d posted about APPNA earlier, just got an update from their relief co-ordinator Saeed Akhtar who reached Rawalpindi last night, following is an excerpt from the e-mail:

According to unofficial reports, the death toll is in excess of 200,000 and the misery is beyond description. People were heard kept yelling for help from underneath the debris especially the kids but because of lack of heavy equipment, died.

Pindi Islamabad area is overwhelmed by the casualties. Hospitals like PIMS, CMH, Shifa and many others are working at full capacity. WE need tremendous support with MANPOWER, MONEY and SUPPLIES. Please increase the no of visiting docs to TWENTY TWICE A WEEK repeat TWENTY TWICE A WEEK. We can still save lots of people. We need General/Trauma surgeons, ortho, neuro and anesthesia folks the most. We sent some stuff with cargo today with us but it is a mess. The best bet will be ACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE. They will accept 4 bags per physician and only two from non physicians. We need surgical supplies, orthopedic stuff, sutures, gloves and anesthesia supplies the most.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Kathryn Cramer (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 1:01 am

    Have a look at Declan Butler’s story in Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/2005/051017/full/4371072a.html

    Quake aid hampered by ban on web shots

    Open-access satellite images are revolutionizing responses to disasters. Yet the government of Pakistan has forced aid agencies to remove pictures of earthquake devastation from the Internet.

    Butler discovered that there was a UN ban on hi-rez photos of Pakistan on the Internet out of consideration for Pakistan’s desire to protect its national security interests; very shortly after Butler’s story hit the web, the ban was overturned.

    My writeup is on my blog.


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 am

    http://www.missingpersons.dsl.net.pk/

    this site has been maintaing database at some extent.



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