UNJLC Pakistan Earthquake
BULLETIN No. 8 (Day 18)
As of 1800 hours local, Wednesday October 26th, 2005
UNJLC Bulletins aim to provide a clear and concise regular overview of the situation as it exists in the earthquake-affected area of Pakistan and contiguous areas with regards to logistics matters affecting relief work by the humanitarian community. They focus on practical issues that affect the welfare of the afflicted populace and related humanitarian work such as the status of transport routes for humanitarian supplies and personnel into the area, relevant administrative or commercial developments, air (including strategic airlift and helicopter operations), Customs and immigration matters, and availability of accommodation and fuels. They further seek to identify major issues for the humanitarian community and other interested parties, to provide relevant background and constructive recommendations on current issues, and to alert responsible parties to emerging issues. This bulletin has been produced daily since October 17th but as the emergency enters its third week will be produced on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with effect from October 24th, until further notice.
1. Activation and Deployment
Two weeks after its initial activation, UNJLC Pakistan Earthquake now has seventeen international staff in-country with further staff incoming during the coming week.
One UNJLC field office serving both Muzaffarabad and Balakot has been established. By the end of the week, two other forward bases should be functional with others planned. These forward locations generally coincide with logistics hubs being established by the Pakistani authorities, headquarters of Pakistani Army brigade and division level formations operating in the areas, by the US military (which is providing substantial assistance to the Pakistani Government) and by major humanitarian agencies and NGO’s. See Section 8 below.
A three-person team is deployed at the Chaklala Paki-stan Air Force base on the military side of Islamabad International Airport, coordinating incoming cargo from the NATO strategic airlift – mainly tents - and a number of other international flights.
The balance of the Islamabad-based UNJLC team is conducting civil military co-ordination, logistical mapping, information management and validating and prioritising requests for air movement of cargo by helicopter.
2. Eid El-Fitr
Agencies and NGO’s are advised that the upcoming Eid El-Fitr holidays, falling at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, will affect the availability of transportation services and some Government services.
Although the Eid may run for three days from Wednesday 2nd November in Peshawar and from Thursday 3rd November in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and the affected areas (with the weekend added on) it is likely that many truck drivers will take a whole week to ten days off from the last couple of days of October.
Humanitarian organisations may therefore consider pushing as many supplies forward prior to the Eid period and not planning on being able to move substantial quantities again until the second week of November.
3. Pakistan Earthquake Yellow Pages
UNJLC is developing a “Yellow Pages” for the human-itarian community to help link agencies and NGO’s up with local commercial service providors, particularly for warehouses, transporters, office services and vehicles suppliers and workshops.
Humanitarian agencies are invited to advise UNJLC on email@example.com of commercial suppliers they may wish to recommend for this.
4. Waiver of Handling Charges
It is understood that several NGO’s have been required to pay handling charges and Customs duty on imported humanitarian supplies although the authorities had undertaken that no handling charges or other charges, including landing, parking and navigational fees, would be levied by the Civil Aviation Authority or the main ground handling agent at Islamabad, Shaheen Airport Services (SAPS).
UNJLC is endeavouring to resolve this issue with the authorities.
NGO MapAction, which has been supporting the Humanitarian Information Centre (HIC) has now completed its mission and withdrawn. Its work has been handed over to the HIC.
HIC has developed a map catalogue which may be viewed at its premises at the Emergency Response Centre (see address below). Maps may be requested by bona fide humanitarian organisations on a Product Request Form, available from the HIC. Applicants should allow 24 hours for requests to be processed.
Other maps are available online from:
UNJLC makes no assurances as to the accuracy or suitability of maps on third party websites.
Given the complexity of the geography in the affected area, UNJLC is developing a simple schematic map with ground distances, and ground and air travel times between key locations.
6. Airport Congestion: Clearance Ongoing
Congestion at Islamabad Airport, including the military side of the airport at Chaklala Pakistan Air Force Base is decreasing as goods are cleared. There are still problems with goods, particularly those not consigned to particular organisations, lying on the tarmac unclaimed. The UNJLC Airport Team in now established on site and planning to identify these, and contact the respective NGO’s
An NGO “Luggage Area”, or Cargo Handling Area, has been established on the opposite side of the runway from the access route into Chaklala, separate from a “Government Luggage Area”. Goods in the Government area are generally those sent by foreign donors to the people of Pakistan, without a named local consignee. Some NGO-consigned cargos are still in this area. Efforts are being made by the Airport Emergency Team, a private sector humanitarian consortium providing support to the authorities, to identify these.
7. NATO: Airbridge and Headquarters
NATO has established a small local headquarters in Islamabad to command all NATO assets deployed to Pakistan to support the Government’s relief efforts.
In addition to the airbridge as noted in Bulletins 2 , 4 and 6, NATO are working to provide additional capab-ilities including medical teams, engineers and water purification specialists. The air bridge is transporting supplies donated by NATO member States, partner nations and UNHCR.
All offers from NATO and partner nations are being coordinated by the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), which is working in conjunction with OCHA, the European Union and the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels at the political level. UNJLC is co-ordinating receival of the goods at the Islamabad end. It will coordinate all UN and NGO requests for this service and act as the UN focal point within Pakistan, collecting applications, prioritizing them in accordance with guidelines established by the Humanitarian Coordinator in consultation with the Government of Pakistan, and then forwarding them to NATO headquarters for consideration. UNJLC will monitor requirements and inform requesting agencies of progress and the outcome of their requests. UNJLC will establish contact with the designated consignee and apprise them of flight details and arrival times, as well as airport procedures at Chaklala Air Force Base.
Information on procedures at Chaklala may be obtained from Daniel Sajet on firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone +92 (0) 300 852 6398.
No further information is available on a NATO sealift under consideration for oversized goods and equipment.
8. US Military Assistance
The US military has established a Combined Disaster Assistance Center (CDAC-PAK) with the mission of conducting humanitarian assistance operations in support of the Government of Pakistan.
The UNJLC CMCoord Officer is co-ordinating actively with CDAC and the Pakistani military to help ensure the optimal use of available resources and effective liaison.
9. Forward Bases
The Pakistan Government has established six principal forward operating bases at Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, Batagram, Bagh, Balakot, and Rawalakhot, being the capitals of the most seriously affected districts.
The major UN agencies have established or are establishing logistical hubs in all of these except Rawalakhot. Road access to these forward bases is generally adequate, especially for Mansehra and Batagram on the Karakorum Highway.