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Pak quake zone flights

Those who’ve covered the quake zone in Az. Kashmir/NWFP, any thoughts on the best groups to join for heli flights to the higher, more remote reaches? Advice much appreciated.

by [a former member] at 2006-01-18 05:23:59 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Islamabad , Pakistan | Bookmark | | Report spam→


Did you get a hold of the Aga Khan foundation yet?

by [former member] | 18 Jan 2006 05:01 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
I have a friend based out of Mansera (?) for mercycorps who has been sending me photos of heli flights, he’s been on a few, the photos look high and remote. Drop me a line if you’d like his contact info. I think he’s heading home soon but will know who is replacing him. Cheers.

by Marc Herman | 18 Jan 2006 08:01 (ed. Jan 18 2006) | Oakland CA, United States | | Report spam→
phil – just sent you contact info for Focus – they’re an Aga Khan subsidiary NGO, they’re running helos from islamabad to AK and NWFP. I rode with them up into villages in the mountains. Definately recommend them, they’ve got 4 brand new helicopters, with a crew of swiss pilots.

Also a brigadier at Askari, they run a liason operation between pakistan army aviation and civilian clients. Dont think they’re doing relief themselves, but if nothing else, they’ll rent you a bird.

by teru kuwayama | 18 Jan 2006 12:01 (ed. Jan 18 2006) | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
hi phil, i had decent luck with the pakistani army in bagh, i jsut showed up, told them what i wanted to do and was on a few flights for tent distributions, unfortunatly i had little time on the ground but if you approach it more formaly than i did i’d think you can work out something better.  if it helps, Colonel hamid was the one running the show there and from what i’m hearing the army corps of engeneers is still quite involved with trying to reach as many distant people as possible.  as far as the others, i know msf was flying from muzaffarabad and isb, and then there’s the un, usaid, and the brits with their big chinooks etc.
not sure waht these groups are upto at the moment, but it’s worth a shot calling around, i know msf has a section in mansera, although they’er not flying as fara s a know but i’m sure someone can get you in touch with a press officer…..also can you give a little update on how the situation is?  my perception is that the emergency has more or less been averted, although the situation is still critical.  when i was there a month ago, for example, it seemed that the tent distributions went well  as did food rationing while the winter was hospitable, so while supplies are certainly not as pelentiful as they should be and it’s enormously uncomfortable for the victims it would seem that the largescale diaster that everyone was fearing has been averted and so now the main issues are things like respitory ailments, weakenss due to continued exposure to the cold, sanitation and continuing funds to keep operations going.  i talked to oxfam this afternoon and the press officer i spoke with pretty much confirmed this, but it would be good to hear from someone who’s on the ground.  best of luck,

by [former member] | 18 Jan 2006 13:01 | nyc, United States | | Report spam→
hi phil

get in touch with the WFP – Amjad Jamal – 0300 850 0989

they take care of logistics etc.

The WFP are lending a mountaineer named Nisar Malik a helicopter. Nisar is running a crew of guys who have been dubbed “the quake jumpers”. They would be inserted by heli, scout out villages higher up that were totally inaccessible by anything other than helicopter, assess their needs and call in the goods. Not sure if this is still going on but the WFP were running a lot of flights out of Abbotobad.



by [former member] | 18 Jan 2006 19:01 (ed. Jan 18 2006) | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
Wow. This is great. Thanks so much everyone. Sadly, this assignment has to wait a few weeks, as its been overtaken by events, as the diplomats say. all this tomfoolery on either side of the border, new audiotapes and all the rest. But it’s still very much part of the plan and I greatly appreciate the advice, and I hope to have something to add to it when we get done.


by [former member] | 22 Jan 2006 12:01 | Islamabad, Pakistan | | Report spam→

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