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    Pakistan Army, the District Administration and AKAH provided relief to flood affected areas in Gahkuch

    Chitral Times Report


    Gilgit: Relief operations are continuingafter a Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) played havoc in the remote villages of Badswat and BilhanzinGahkuch, Gilgit-Baltistan. Representatives from agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) including the Emergency Department of Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and volunteers along with Shuja Alam, Deputy Commissioner of Ghizer, visited affected areas where food and non-food items including medicines, tarpaulins and tents have been provided on an emergency basis. .

    Shuja Alam informed the affected families that, “Government, Pakistan Army, agencies of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and civil society organizationsare working together in providing necessary relief to the affected households. With the help of helicopters from Pakistan Army and AKDN, supplies are also reaching remote areas which have been cut-off due to the floods.”

    Over 5000 kgs of food items along with tents and tarpaulin sheets have already been provided to the affected families. Information and support centers in Badswat and Bilhanz villages have been established jointly by the district government and AKAH. Temporary camps are setup in the Diamond Jubilee School inBilhanz where a team from the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan are providing medical facilities to the affected people.

    Ongoing awareness of risk mitigation about natural disasters and the early mobilization of the Community Emergency Response teams (CERTS), established by the AKDN institutions,helped save lives; more than 120 households wereevacuated out of which about 40 houses were completely destroyedbut with no loss of life.



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