Immediate and planned emergency response will have a positive impact
Pakistan due to its geographical and geological characteristics, frequently experience devastating natural disasters that cause colossal loss both in terms of life and property. It is located in the earthquake zone and most of its population is inhabited in these areas.
In the recent earthquake of October 26, 2015 having a magnitude of 8.1 the provinces that were mostly affected were primarily; KPK and FATA where over 280 people died and 1770 were injured. The number of damaged premises/houses/buildings were about 109,123.
HANDS started emergency response soon after the disaster. Initially 100 food packs were distributed in the earthquake affected community of Shangla. Later on HANDS established a fully operated office at Shangla and started assessment. As the result of this assessment, most affected households were identified and 2500 roofing kits were distributed amongst the most deserving community in 5 UC’s namly Chakesar, Sarkool, Opal, Bunirwal and Martung Khas. HANDS also distributed 2500 winter kits, 2500 hygiene kits, 2500 solar lights in the same community at Shangla. In addition HANDS also distributed 2500 cheques of Rs. 500 each to all 2500 beneficiaries.