A Glimpse in to FOCUS’s Recent Activities:
TAJIKISTAN: Following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in December 2015, FOCUS in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and United States Agency for International Development built 26 yurts in the Bartang Valley to offer villagers a warm place to sleep, cook a hot meal and shelter away from the harsh elements.
AFGHANISTAN: In May 2016, on the banks of the Pol-e-Khumri river, in Baghlan, a Community Based Flood Early Warning System (EWS) was installed to provide life saving information and early flood warnings to villagers living downstream so that they can evacuate out of harm’s way. This innovative EWS, developed by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, transmits warnings using wireless technology. Moreover, FOCUS volunteers train local villagers on flood related hazards and flood safety. To expand the use of this technology, FOCUS plans to install two additional EWS’s in Baghlan and Badakhshan.
PAKISTAN: In April 2016, heavy rain and snow fall in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral triggered a series of devastating snow avalanches, flash floods and landslides that damaged over 600 houses. FOCUS evacuated critical patients utilizing AKDN helicopters and provided tents, blankets and non-food aid to affected households. With support from AKDN agencies, water purification tablets were distributed, bridges and irrigation channels rehabilitated and earthquake resistant shelters built to safeguard villagers.