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AKAH works with the Government for the second phase of relief for GLOF affected households in Ghizer

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) has worked with the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan during the second phase of relief for Glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) affected households in the Immit Valley in Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan

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AKAH works with the Government for the second phase of relief for GLOF affected households in Immit Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan

Immediately after the GLOF event damaged over 40 households in Badswat and its surrounding villages in Immit Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) worked closely with the Pakistan Army and the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) to set temporary tents and provide food and non-food items to the disaster-affected families.

Continuing its response, in the second phase of its relief activities, AKAH is providing over 10 tons of food supply to 44 households to address their food supply needs over the next two months. In addition, AKAH is also providing the affected households with non-food relief items including hygiene kits, bedding and kitchen sets.

AKAH works with the Government for the second phase of relief for GLOF affected households in Immit Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan

The food and non-food relief items were distributed in the presence of Commissioner of Gilgit, District Commissioner of Ghizer, President of the Regional Council of Ishkoman Puniyal, Assistant Commissioner of Ishkoman Puniyal, Assistant Director of the District Disaster Management Authority other public officials. Representatives from the government commended AKAH’s efforts in reducing the vulnerability of disaster-affected households and hoped that AKAH will continue its activities in the affected villages.

AKAH works with the Government for the second phase of relief for GLOF affected households in Immit Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan

The District Commissioner also instructed the Local Government and Rural Development department to construct a pony track for Badswat and Sher-Roi within a month. In addition, the installation of a cable car for the village of Dawardass is in its final stages and the rehabilitation of water supply from Badswat to Sher-Roi is expected to complete within a week.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) celebrates Disaster Risk Reduction Week across Pakistan

Known for its scenic beauty, the mountainous regions of northern Pakistan are a popular tourist attraction. Apart from picturesque landscapes that meet the eye, what often goes unnoticed is that these valleys are extremely vulnerable to climate change and are categorized as one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world. Over the past few years, the high frequency of natural disasters across Pakistan – and particularly in northern Pakistan – has displaced thousands of innocent lives and has caused severe economic loss impacting public and private infrastructure and livelihoods.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) celebrates Disaster Risk Reduction Week across Pakistan

The remnants of the Kashmir earthquake on 8th October 2005 are a strong reminder of the high disaster risk vulnerability of valleys in northern Pakistan. Claimed as the most devastating earthquake in the recent history of Pakistan, this earthquake killed more than 73,000 people, injured over 69,000 people, left 2.8 million people displaced from their homes and destroying 450,000 buildings. The aftermath of this traumatizing earthquake led the Government of Pakistan to declare 8th October as the National Day for Disaster Reduction and commit to improving the disaster risk vulnerability of communities in Pakistan. It is also pertinent to note that the United Nations’ General Assembly has declared 13th October as the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

To stress the criticality of disaster risk reduction associated with these national and international days, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) is celebrating the Disaster Risk Reduction Week across Pakistan from 8th to 14th October. An affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), AKAH has successfully led community driven humanitarian initiatives to save innocent lives and infrastructure, particularly for communities living in the rural mountainous areas in Pakistan since 1998. Over two decades, AKAH has designed disaster risk plans and formed community-led organizations in over 750 rural and urban settlements to help them prepare and adapt against disasters and respond independently in the event of a disaster.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) celebrates Disaster Risk Reduction Week across Pakistan

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) celebrates Disaster Risk Reduction Week across Pakistan

This year AKAH’s Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Week features multiple activities including raising awareness for students ranging from schools, colleges and universities across Pakistan on how to prepare against disasters through seminars, speech competitions and transect walks. Asadullah, a high school student in Gilgit explains,

Through the simulation for earthquake safety organized by AKAH in our school, I have learned that the initial 60 seconds are crucial after a disaster. Hence, rather than panicking, we should take cover and follow the steps taught in the stimulation to save our lives”.

The scenario-based drills are not only limited to educational institutions but also conducted in other rural and urban areas across Pakistan. During the DRR Week, these drills focus on communities, especially women and children, to increase their knowledge about disasters and enhance their capacities to respond effectively in disaster situations.

In addition, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) is also engaging actively with government authorities to strengthen institutional liaising for better-coordinated response in events of disasters. In this regard, AKAH has trained over 1,000 representatives from government authorities, and over 40,000 community volunteers on effective disaster risk management.

The celebrations during the DRR Week reflect the harsh reality that mountain communities in northern Pakistan in particular, and all areas of the country in general, are exposed to a high frequency of natural hazards. On the other hand, the DRR Week reaffirms in raising awareness that losses from such disasters can be minimized if we are collectively well prepared against tackling the natural disaster.

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UNDP Pakistan names mountaineer Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador

Mountaineer Samina Baig has been appointed UNDP’s National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan on Monday.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has named Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan. The first Muslim woman to climb Mount Everest was appointed as National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan during an event held at Islamabad Serena Hotel on Monday.

As the UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan, Samina Baig will lead efforts to build national awareness and partnerships around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to climate change, environmental protection and women’s empowerment.

UNDP names mountaineer Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan

Samina Baig poses with UNDP officials during the signing ceremony.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, Neil Buhne said “Pakistan is amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Preparing for its effects, and instituting environmental protections, will safeguard economic development for future generations.

He added “Moreover, half of Pakistan’s population, its women, are under-represented in education, the workforce and in decision-making. Empowering women to play their full role in society is not only an ethical imperative, it is essential for sustainable development.

Neil Buhne highlighted that UNDP’s National Goodwill Ambassadors are leaders in their societies and role models for all.

Samina Baig and UNDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza

Samina Baig in discussion with NDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza

UNDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza highlighted the responsibilities of Samina Baig as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan. “As the National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan, Ms. Baig will use her profile to shine a light on the issues that shape Pakistan’s future, and build the partnerships required to address them,” he said.

While talking to the audience at the signing ceremony Samina Baig said “With my brother, I have experienced a significant impact of global warming and climate change on our mother earth. I am honored to be the national goodwill Ambassador of UNDP to spread the voice to take a serious step to counter global warming and raise voice to empower young girls to climb the highest level within their field of profession.”

UNDP names mountaineer Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan

Samina Baig talks during UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan appointment ceremony.

Samina Baig was born and raised in Shimshal Valley in the Hunza district, Gilgit-Baltistan. At the age of 22, she became the first Pakistan women to climb world’s highest peak. A year after she scaled Mount Everest, she successfully climbed the highest peaks in every continent.

Samina Baig’s attempt to summit K2 was abandoned due to an unfortunate injury that left her in bed for several weeks.

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