Winterised Tents.

From Daily Times:

ISLAMABAD: The government has banned the export of tents, as they are needed for earthquake victims, Maj Gen Farooq Ahmed Khan, federal relief commissioner, said on Tuesday. Talking at his daily briefing at Prime Ministerís Secretariat, he said, ìThe government has taken some administrative measures to ensure that tents are provided to all the displaced people in earthquake-hit areas before the advent of winter. There are about 37 tent manufacturing factories in the Punjab with a capacity to produce 75,000 tents a day and their production will be diverted to the affected areas.î He said the export ban was on winterised and non-winterised tents. ìWe need these tents, irrespective of their quality, as 200,000 houses have been destroyed by the quake and millions have been left homeless,î he said.

Putting the official death toll at 42,000 and injured at 67,000, Gen Farooq said rescuers were also short of tetanus vaccine and 100,000 anti-tetanus vials were urgently needed to protect the injured against disease. He appealed to the international community to arrange the medicine as soon as possible.

Got the following image and information from BBC on winterised tents.


-Heavy duty tent designed for long-term use by a single family

-PVC groundsheet sown onto the sides for wind proofing and to retain warmth

-Some types are designed to accommodate cooking stoves

-ICRC estimates that 30,000 such tents are required in Pakistan

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