Blog Quake Day today for Kashmiri disaster


by Sunny
26th October, 2005 at 2:24 pm    

With nearly 70,000 dead, the earthquake in Kashmir has become a worse humanitarian nightmare for the UN than even the Tsunami.

It says governments have pledged only around 30% of what is really needed despite the continuing problems and more expected in the coming weeks.

Blogs from all over the world today have combined together to form Blog Quake Day to keep the disaster in the public arena and try and keep raising money for this humanitarian disaster.

According to Oxfam
UK $17.4m
US $10.8m
Sweden $10.5m
Canada $8.9m
Japan $8m
Netherlands $7.8m
Germany $3.9m
Italy $1.2m
France, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Portugal, Spain – $0

Oxfam warns that the gap between an emergency appeal being announced and funds actually being received is vast, and could mean the difference between life and death for many thousands of survivors. Only about 20% of the money requested in the appeal has actually been given.


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  1. Rohin — on 26th October, 2005 at 3:03 pm  

    I was typing up a Blog Quake Day post here at the same time Sunny, so instead I’ve chopped the repetition and just linked back here from my own blog – the only other factor I mentioned additionally is that we must bear one major threat in mind.

    Winter.

    Winter in the Himalaya is relentless and harsh at best. Unless some serious aid gets to where it needs to be, that figure of 70,000 will continue to increase. Seventy thousand. With famines and tsunamis, we seem to have lost our compassion as well as become insensitive to numbers. Incomprehensible numbers of people are dying, right now.

    God, the nation-by-nation stats you posted up from Oxfam, if correct are alarming. I’m pleased to see the UK leading the way but the last line:

    France, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Portugal, Spain – $0

    is simply astounding.

  2. Sunny — on 26th October, 2005 at 3:32 pm  

    Doh! sorry bro, didn’t know you were doing the same… Yes indeed, the last figure is not so nice…

  3. Sajn — on 26th October, 2005 at 7:04 pm  

    The figures you give must be voluntary contributions as the official UK donation was about £1M. The US has promised around $50M.

    Suadi Arabia has promised around £133M officially and held a fundraising event that has raised millions more. (I am no fan of the Saudis but have to give them some credit on this occassion).

    Kuwait has promised $100M.

    Most of the other Gulf states have also promised aid.

  4. Bijna — on 26th October, 2005 at 11:00 pm  

    Netherlands is at 21 mln euro now.

    http://www.nieuws.nl/21035

  5. Sunny — on 26th October, 2005 at 11:03 pm  

    A big up to David T and Robert Sharp for supporting this too!

  6. terry — on 27th October, 2005 at 12:49 am  

    Pakistan are about to complete a 3billion dollar deal to buy 80 f16s from good ol uncle sam! Anyone feel the money could be better spent now?

  7. nukh — on 27th October, 2005 at 2:36 am  

    Where is the “ummah” the Saudi’s and other oil producing Arab nations, who are flush with gazillions of dollars [ 62 dollars/barrel] .
    How come they are not doing poring money into Pakistan?
    And as for the rest of the world.
    What guarantee do we have that the money will not be siphoned off by the army and the terrorists?
    Be wary people…donating money to a Pakistani charity or the Paksitani Govt is tantamount to feeding a deadly snakeling…….
    Instead give only to org’s based in the west.

  8. Al-Hack — on 27th October, 2005 at 3:25 am  

    Nukh – read the msg above by Sajn

  9. Bijna — on 27th October, 2005 at 8:36 am  
  10. nukh — on 28th October, 2005 at 3:35 am  

    al hack, i once again, for the zillionth time stand corrected.
    will try to stop being guided my anti -[sunni] arab prejudices….as soon as they me give me enough reason.

  11. Sunny — on 28th October, 2005 at 8:22 pm  

    A big-up also to Simon Barrow ;)

  12. Allen Esterson — on 28th October, 2005 at 10:19 pm  

    >The figures you give must be voluntary contributions as the official UK donation was about £1M. The US has promised around $50M.

  13. Allen Esterson — on 28th October, 2005 at 10:20 pm  
  14. Naeem Tyab — on 24th February, 2006 at 9:23 am  

    More than 270,000 people in the Poonch district have been affected by the earthquake. The town of Rawalakot is 60 percent destroyed, while Abbaspur is 80 percent destroyed.

    INGOs/NGOs have distributed aid in Rawalakot and villages in the Poonch district. Still huge assistance is required.

    Whatever be the figure we need more help!!!!

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