BELOW IS A REPORT I RECEIVED FROM THE INTEGRATED REGIONAL
INFORMATION NETWORK (IRIN) A SERVICE I SUBSRCRIBE TO AND WOULD
RECOMMEND TO ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO HEAR OTHER VOICES THAN
THOSE LOUDLY TRUMPETED BY OTHER NEWS OUTLETS.
(I also posted this at Stepping Stones so appologise to the few who read both places)
One year after the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s 59-year history, which
left 75,000 people dead and another 3.5 million homeless, progress on earthquake
recovery has remained slow and many reconstruction programmes are facing a
People in the affected areas have begun the slow process of rebuilding their lives but
reconstruction efforts are being held backby a host of administrative difficulties and
a continuing information gap between the authorities and the survivors, aid workers say.
“Survivors have begun rebuilding their homes, communities and livelihoods. But,
the rebuilding process has, so far, been very patchy, slow and complex,” Farhana
Faruqi Stocker, head of international aid agency Oxfam, said in the Pakistani
“People need to be clearly informed about thefinancial and technical support
they are entitled to and the guidance on building earthquake-resistant homes
must be easily available and understandable,” Stocker explained.
Private housing suffered the most extensive damage from the 8 October earthquake
last year, which ripped through parts of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province
(NWFP) and Pakistani-administered Kashmir.
Some 600,000 rural and 30,000 urban housing units were affected across a
30,000 sq km mountainous terrain, covering nine districts and 4,000 villages,
according to the revised damage assessment of the Earthquake Reconstruction
and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). Initial estimates put the number of homes to
be rebuilt at 400,000.
Under ERRA’s housing reconstruction grant, some 422,777 owners have already
eceived money – a quarter of whom have started rebuilding, according to ERRA.