Just got this info via e-mail [thanks Salman]:

The World Bank launched an information-sharing web portal on Pakistan quake relief activities and related Information Systems for Earthquakes (RISE). The portal includes information about 727 villages of Muzaffarabad District and (387 of Tehsil) while 494 villages of Mansehra District(258 of Tehsil) in the largely rural North Frontier Province (NWFP) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) in Pakistan. The portal will operate while using most recent portal technology to integrate demographic, geographical and satellite images searchable at village level and overlaid with distances from major roads and epicenter. It will continuously update information received via fax, phone, text-massaging and through www.risepak.com during 8 hours turn around. It will provide up-to-date damage and relief information about affected villages from agencies, relief workers, local officials and anyone with access to immediate village-level data that will critically support the current coordination of relief.The portal offers pre-earthquake information showing village-level demographic and infrastructure, data, major road networks and the distance of every village from the epicenter of the earthquake. Each of the 4,000 villages is also listed on a table of common headings, including everything from amount of aid received from agencies working in the area. The portal has been made in collaboration with experts from LUMS, Harvard University, Pomona College, World Bank, NADRA, Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Center, and World Online.

I think this site is a fabulous idea, and shall be of great help to NGOs and volunteers, and all those who are keen on information on relief activities being carried out in various areas, especially those abroad who are looking for information on their villages/towns. I tried searching through the villages’ list and found it quite helpful – log on to RISE – PAK now!

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