On October 26, 2015, a powerful earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale. Vulnerable people in remote and hilly areas have lost their homes, assets and livelihoods. Vulnerable groups, such as women, children and elderly people are finding it hard to cope with the freezing temperatures.
Shelter, winterization kits
Initial reports indicate District Swat is among the worst affected districts. Local government has reported 36 people dead, 253 injured and 10,931 houses are damaged. Out of this, only 2,300 families have received tents and non-food items in Swat district. Winter season has already set in, with freezing temperatures and snowfall. Reconstruction of houses is not possible until the end of winter and transitional housing will be required. Large gaps exist at the district level as many as 80,000 people are in need of adequate shelter and relief items, particularly those living in high altitude areas.
Based on government recommendations, NGOs coordination and initial CARE field visits, CARE will provide adequate transitional shelter and toolkits allowing communities to build temporary shelters alongside the cash they are receiving from the government. The transitional shelter will protect beneficiaries from the effects of winter and protection concerns that come from shared housing.
Objective: Increase access to emergency shelter and improve living conditions for affected households that meet the specific needs of men, women, boys, and girls.
• Identify and register beneficiaries
• Transport and distribute shelter and toolkits, and train communities in building shelters.
• Provide winterization kits (includes quilts, bedding, lights, shawls and plastic sheets)
CARE International in Pakistan (CIP) has been present in Pakistan since 2005 and has a presence through its emergency partners in 15 districts (including Swat) across Pakistan. CARE has technical experts embedded in the emergency response team including health and shelter/NFIs, WASH, cash programming advisors. CIP will engage with its existing experienced humanitarian partner, IDEA, for this response and will leverage its existing framework agreement with vendors and partners.