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Dear all,
I’ve just been in contact with reporters from all the main newspapers and this is the situation:
The roads to Muzzafarabad specially the one from Murree are completely clogged up. If you know of people sending trucks to these areas, tell them to wait. The traffic jam a few minutes ago was of approx. 7 hours. Heavy trucks cannot go through these small roads, they are destroying the roads: and making ambulances stop.
Meanwhile, small villages along the way are getting no help.

There are many organisations in Muzzarafabad and many more private efforts, plus the army. No one is in charge, there is no coordination. Even the army is more worried with the LoC.

Please do not go to Muzzafarabad, do not send large trucks and discourage all private efforts; while many people think they are helping by going there and sending large trucks, they are only making matters worse.
Here’s a BBC report of a few hours ago:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4334306.stm

They are having issues with effective distribution but said that food can keep coming in so that they don’t run out by next week. But this has to be organised as family packs. Each pack should contain:

1) Packed, ready-to-eat roties that are available from the Dawn and other labels in super markets.
2) cooked, desi food, packed in tins (if possible)
3) candles and matches
4) Packets of milk
5) Tea leaves
6) Sugar
7) Salt
8) If cooked food is not possible, then rice, daal, chanas and some masala as well.

It would be great if some families can prepare these packets and then donate them. For others, our students can volunteer some more time to make packets if you contribute the stuff only.

Alongwith the offical LDRF site, you can also find more LUMS news on these two blogs.

3 Comments so far

  1. SmudgeStick (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 2:38 am

    For those looking for cooked food, theres some at Al Fateh liberty. its not exactly canned but is in a lighter tin foil kinda packing. Its desi and costs about Rs 60 per packet, made by a company named ‘Mommy’ or something. No discount for bulk buying.

    Dawn ki pita bread is like Rs 16 a packet with four pieces of rotis in it. You can bulk order them at Al Fateh too but again, no discount.


  2. momekh (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 3:50 am

    yes. been doing that already. good practical post. any news on HOW these food items are going to get there if not by trucks? What is the MOST effective way of distribution of these food items?

    peace n pray
    M.


  3. nausheen (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 1:49 pm

    momekh: we at LUMS are trying to arrange as many 4x4s that we can to carry these items to remote villages in Bagh.



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