In this update:
Brief on Pakistan
Asian Floods
Update on Zimbabwe fuel mission
Monthly Aviation/UNHAS report
Meetings and events

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Brief on Pakistan
Staff News. Paul Wyatt from our regional bureau has taken over running of the Logistics Cluster operation. The Logistics Cluster office in Quatta is now being run by Mr. Wasif Nojib of IOM. He can be reached on cell 0-300-5018774.
Last Friday and Saturday three births at the Karachi Port collapsed due to heavy rain and thus can not be used for the foreseeable future. This will have a direct effect on the movement of cargo into Pakistan. The Karachi Port Trust also closed 8 births at the East Wharf because of fear of similar problems. For more information please refer to the attached news articles.

The Flash appeal launched on July 8th still remains under funded. Of the 38 million USD requested only 7.7 million has become available with another 3 million in pledges. $4.4 Million of the 7.7 was made available through CERF funding.  Because of the poor funding it looks like some Clusters will wind down their operations sooner then was planned.
A new coordination hub was set up in Karachi and is headed by provisional authorities. Coordination meetings are taking place.
In terms of Logistics Cluster activities: information management and  operational support (warehousing and transport) are still being supplied free of charge to UN Agencies, the NGO community, and governmental organizations. Movement of goods from Quatta and Karachi to towns in Balochistan and Jacobabad in Sindh is available.
Please find attached minutes from the latest Logistics Coordination meeting in  Quetta.

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Update on Asian Floods

The Global Logistics Cluster Support cell continues to monitor the floods that are effecting many countries in Asia. As mentioned in previous updates, our logistics staff on the ground are able to help facilitate logistics operations if needed. I am attaching again a contact list for our staff, please do not hesitate to contact them.

Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

The Government of DPRK asked for the UN Country Team and the NGO community to help with assessments in flood effected areas. So far the identified needs are as follows; food, shelter materials, and medicine. The Government has also mobilised military and civilian resources. Through coordination meetings on the ground both UN organizations and NGOs are ready to intervene, but due to the sensitive nature of operations in DPRK, an official request is needed from the government before interventions can begin on a large scale.  Logistically, damage has been done to the rail and road network while bridges have been washed away as well. WFP has approached the government and offered logistics support, yet no positive response from the government has been heard so far. WFP Logistics staff our available on the ground for advise and assistance. WFP did ask about the possibility of airlifts of supplies, however the government is unwilling to allow landings within country.

Bangladesh

WFP has begum dispatches of food to areas effected by the flooding. In order to facilitate distribution, logistics staff has been deployed to the field in many areas to help NGOs receive and distribute food. With this in mind, our staff are ready to assist any agencies/organizations who might be in need of logistics support.

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Update on Zimbabwe fuel mission

As reported in a recent update, WFP Logistics has employed Mr. lain Kinnear to evaluate the current fuel situation in Zimbabwe. Mr. Kinnear arrived in country at the beginning of this week and has been meeting different stack holders and government officials to discuss the fuel situation and how to best guarantee a supply of furl to the humanitarian community.  He is currently developing a plan which will help facilitate a supply. When that plan is completed it will be shared with all UN agencies, NGOs, and cluster participants.

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Monthly Aviation/UNHAS report

Please find attached the July Aviation/UNHAS report. This reports gives a regional breakdown of activities.

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Tim Smith and Julia Bacher are on leave.  Jean-Francios Milhaud has returned from Pakistan and is now back in Rome.

Global Logistics Cluster/UNJLC/UNHAS meeting, 17-18 September 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Invite to be sent out shortly.

Second Logistics Response Team training planned 4-11 November 2007 in Brindisi, Italy. Planning underway.