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M. Sajjad Haider



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:25 pm    Post subject: news from abbottabad Reply with quote

Hey guys ive been in abbottabad for the past few days and have been really busy with the relief efforts that are taking place. ive been going place and theres a million stories to tell but heres a brief overview of whats happened.

The good news is that the roads to Muzzafarabad and Balakot. The 2 hardest hit cities ahave been open to all traffic for the past couple of days and dozens and dozens of trucks I shud say hundreds cause abt 200 trucks worth of goods were delivered in muzaffarabad. Medical relief is still required cause theres hundred and thousands of bodies till lying in the rubble and u cannot go into most parts of the city withy oxygen masks. yesterday. So ppl who r linked by roads are getting and have been getting lots of relief. So we donít need clothes and other small stuff. And since most places have chasma water even that is not required. Whats required r tents and blankets for relief from the cold weather. There have been tremors here ever since the earthquake but theyr getting smaller. There was a sizable one at 2 this morning and we all had to rush out from our hotel and believe me it was cold. And were absolutely fit, makes u wonder how injured ppl without food or water for 3-5 days r surviving. The ppl who arenít getting help are ppl in small remote villages. Theres plenty of those as these ppl live in small groups according to the demographic of the regios and also those ppl that are absolutely cut off such as ppl in the balakot district. A survivor from there who was rescued by helicopter told us day before that about 50 000 ppl are still in that valley. Army and govt helicopters are rescuing injured ppl at the rate of abt 15-35 ppl/ helicopter. Theyr also sending medical teams up there to treat the ppl directly. So help is getting even there but sadly there still remain small villages from where no information is available.

Ive been working with a team of 25 doctors from multan who came with supplies and have set up camp here and are treating patients as best they can. We were in battal yesterday and other small remote vaillage iun the area and the good thing is ppl r very quickly becoming self sustainable there. Theyr making theyr own food in many cases. Weíve had ppl who have come from the cut off balakot region. This one old man, buried his 2 old sons and then carried his third son for 2 days till he got to an area from where he could be airlifted. His son has a 50-50 chance of survivial. Theres many ppl like that and they need a lot of medical assistance. Im also working with Sangi, an org working in the hazara distict for the past 10 years or so. Started by the now deceased omar asghar khan and now led by his wifem these guys have a wealth of information on the populations of different villages and many others stats. Were working with them and sources that have helicopters to arrange medical supplies n staff to be sent to the remotest of areas. These guys have the local information and theyr being very good sources of help.

Im not sure what u guys have done or are doing but what you guys can do is get in touch with the army relief cell in islamabad. Or any form of govt org. unreliable or corrupt as they may be theyr are best hope to save the ppl in the far north. They r doing their best. Thes good thing abt these ppl is that they donít take death to hard. They consider it very much a part of life and somehow push it out of their thoughts. Theyr a resilient ppl and despite our attempts to try and bring all of them down to safe regions they are adamant that only sick ppl be treated and sent back and they will rebuild again from scratch. The Pakistani ppl r donating huge amts of stuff and as I said before theres a million stories to tell. Some of heart break and an increasing number now of heart warming ones. Ill may be online today so send me msgs if u want at my msn account mesajjad@hotmail.com or if u can call im |@ 0304 410 7654 take care guys

klater

ps we needf volunteeras cause they can be allocated to whomeer needs help. ive been asking frieends n abt 20 or so medical students may be reaching here shortly. if u know someone who wants to help. tell them to conbtact me n ill get them going in whatever direction needs most help.
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Tarim Wasim



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sajjad,

Thank you for posting this. It's great to hear from you, and especially to get some news from the ground. We have been collecting funds on our web site for Edhi and the President's Fund (over $100k) and are also trying to link people to ongoing initiatives in different cities. We will make sure we tell folks contacting us from Pakistan who would like to volunteer to e-mail you directly.

In the meanwhile, please let us know how best we can help in the coming days and weeks.

-Tarim
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M. Sajjad Haider



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

theres a lot that needs to be done esp. in the long run. ive already heard of reports about a team of engineers assessing how the towns that have been destroyed can be rebuilt. this time with shock proofing. btw just a few months back ppl from the govt had invited UN teams to assess what can be done to better respong to earthquakes and what changes need to be made. just didnt appen in time.

as far as rescue goes. its all about helicopters because the road linked areas are improving by the minute...literally! so efforts need to be made to get more helicopters and send them to important areas. secondly, if u know ppl who want to send relief goods thorugh trucks the items needed priority wise are

tents
blankets
water, clothes
matches, eatables (biscuits, oil, ghee)

its best if ppl give the stuff to organizations that are working here rather than sending the stuff themselves. the best place to give items is t the PAF base i believe in Chaklala Scheme 3 Rawalpidi. they are airlifting the good directly to the needy areas.

ALSO, ITS BEST IF YOU MAKE SMALL BAGS OF SUPPLIES OF DIFFERENT THINGS IN ONE BAG RATHER THAN LARGE 1 ITEM CONTAINERS. this helps in saving time or volunteers here in sorting the material out.

anybody who knows doctors or medical staff please ask them to contact sangi or any hospitals in the norhern area. theyr help is badly needed. if u hae any questionsn or have info about helpers kindly contact me throught the forum or by phone at 0304 410 7654.

i envision adp of being of help in the long run rather than in the next few weeks. so hold on to that money for now unless u know it can be used wisely otherwise we can use it to start rebuilding this province hopefully before full winter sets in which isnt too far off.
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QuakeHelp Blog Team



Joined: 10 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi M. Sajjad Haider, Could you please let us know where doctors are needed and which locations they need to go to. We have a team of medical specialists who have their own transport and are on standby in Srinagar, ready to deploy asap.

Also are these locations in Pakistan because the team of specialists are on the Indian side of Kashmir and will be able to go to any place around Uri.

(5.28GMT) Some info from a team of volunteers that just returned today morning from Uri and beyond and they said that the roads are open.
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M. Sajjad Haider



Joined: 23 Apr 2005
Last Visit: 18 Jul 2008
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Location: Pakistan
PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a coordiantor here tells me that hey shud go to district bagh. im nt sure i they will be able to get ehre easily or be allowed to. this is a ful district which has had large scale damage. the can look around and ask ppl in thedistrict where thier help is needed. the amazing thing is that ppl in bad condition will tell you to help those in worse condition first.

the same may not be true for thoe who have been supplied with sufficient goods. i dunno appears like some greed factors may be setting in.

hope this helps. also if u can give me contact information for these ppl we can contact them to guide them to the places
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