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Blog Quake Day today for Kashmiri disaster

Posted By Sunny On 26th October, 2005 @ 2:24 pm In Current affairs, South Asia, The World | Comments Disabled

With nearly 70,000 dead, the earthquake in Kashmir has become a [1] worse humanitarian nightmare for the UN than even the Tsunami.

It says governments have [2] 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 [3] 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.

  • [4] Disasters Emergency Committee
  • [5] British Red Cross
  • [6] Doctors Without Borders
  • [7] International Rescue Corps
  • [8] International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies
  • [9] Oxfam; 0870 333 2500
  • [10] Unicef UK; 0800 037 9797 or 08457 312 312

Comments Disabled To "Blog Quake Day today for Kashmiri disaster"

#1 Comment By Rohin On 26th October, 2005 @ 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 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 Comment By Sunny On 26th October, 2005 @ 3:32 pm

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

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#4 Comment By Sajn On 26th October, 2005 @ 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.

#5 Comment By Bijna On 26th October, 2005 @ 11:00 pm

Netherlands is at 21 mln euro now.

[11] http://www.nieuws.nl/21035

#6 Comment By Sunny On 26th October, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

A big up to [12] David T and [13] Robert Sharp for supporting this too!

#7 Comment By terry On 27th October, 2005 @ 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?

#8 Comment By nukh On 27th October, 2005 @ 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.

#9 Comment By Al-Hack On 27th October, 2005 @ 3:25 am

Nukh - read the msg above by Sajn

#10 Comment By Bijna On 27th October, 2005 @ 8:36 am

> f16s

Pakistan is considering cancelling the deal.

[14] http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=57288

[15] http://in.news.yahoo.com/051025/137/60qvt.html

#11 Comment By nukh On 28th October, 2005 @ 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.

#12 Comment By Sunny On 28th October, 2005 @ 8:22 pm

A big-up also to [16] Simon Barrow ;)

#13 Comment By Allen Esterson On 28th October, 2005 @ 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.

#14 Comment By Allen Esterson On 28th October, 2005 @ 10:20 pm

The UK government has pledged £33M:

[17] http://www.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/pressreleases/pakistan-earthquake2010.asp

#15 Comment By Naeem Tyab On 24th February, 2006 @ 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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URLs in this post:
[1] worse humanitarian nightmare: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4358902.stm
[2] pledged only: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4377220.stm
[3] combined: http://www.desipundit.com/2005/10/22/blog-quake-day/
[4] Disasters Emergency Committee: http://www.dec.org.uk/
[5] British Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.uk/index.asp?id=39992
[6] Doctors Without Borders: http://www.msf.org
[7] International Rescue Corps: http://www.intrescue.org/
[8] International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies: http://www.ifrc.org/
[9] Oxfam: http://www.oxfam.org.uk
[10] Unicef UK: http://www.unicef.org.uk
[11] http://www.nieuws.nl/21035: http://www.nieuws.nl/21035
[12] David T: http://hurryupharry.bloghouse.net/archives/2005/10/26/blog_quake_day.php
[13] Robert Sharp: http://www.robertsharp.co.uk/
[14] http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=57288: http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=57288
[15] http://in.news.yahoo.com/051025/137/60qvt.html: http://in.news.yahoo.com/051025/137/60qvt.html
[16] Simon Barrow: http://faithinsociety.blogspot.com/
[17] http://www.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/pressreleases/pakistan-earthquake2010.asp: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/pressreleases/pakistan-earthquake2010.asp