Update from Sungi

Sarah, one of our readers, just sent me an update from Sungi Development Foundation, an NGO:

Areas Which Need Immediate Attention

ï Kaghan Valley – upland from Balakot to Malkandi – very few efforts were made to rescue the seriously injured persons. According to a rough estimate about 100,000 people are affected in Paras, Kewai, Malkandi and Manoor Valley.
ï Siran Valley, Bughar Mang, Devi, and Dadar in Mansehra District,
ï Jhelum Valley in Muzaffarabad AJK – UC Garhi Dopatta, Awan Pati, Kai Manga, Langla, Hattian Bala and beyond (The road from Muzaffarabad to Garhi Dopatta is expected to be cleared and open for traffic by October 13, 2005). Presently it is open up to Tandali only.
ï Neelam Valley in Muzaffarabad AJK – Patekka and beyond. We are seeking more information on that and the surrounding areas. I request Islamic Relief staff to update us on that as they are also present and working in the area.
ï Rural areas in Bagh, Rawalakot and Hajeera in AJK

The immediate needs include tents – the top priority. Tents are generally now not available in the market and the common assumption is that people need food for their survival in a disastrous situation. That may be true, but shelter is equally vital. Hence we appeal to all the friends, supporters and philanthropists to please send out tents as a priority, more than food items. Likewise bedding – blankets and quilts are also essential to protect to protect the homeless from the, now freezing cold night temperatures.

Food could be taken as the third priority, after tents and warm beddings.

Distribution Details

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Priority Needs of Affected People
1. Shelter/Tents
2. Blankets
3. Food Items
4. Medical aid

SUNGI Development Foundation
Mr. Gulfam Dogar
Head Office Abbottabad
Abbottabad, NWFP, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-992-333414
Fax: 0092-992-331726
E-Mail: nrm_sungi@yahoo.com

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