In areas affected by October's massive earthquake, MercyCorps continues to repair village water systems and schools, and to provide medical care to thousands each week in tented health facilities. Elsewhere, our efforts are improving health, water access and livelihoods for resident and Afghan refugee populations.

As one of the first organizations to respond to the earthquake that devastated Pakistan on Oct. 8, 2005, the IRC treated thousands of the sick and injured and distributed emergency supplies, tools, and material for shelter. The IRC also helps local communities become sustainable and reduce their dependency on international assistance.

Drought and cyclones are a fact of life in many areas of Pakistan but when particularly extreme conditions hit communities, Oxfam provides emergency support to the most vulnerable families. On a longer-term basis, we are working with government and other emergency-relief organisations on strategies will enable communities to limit the most damaging effects of drought and cyclones.

FOCUS Pakistan's Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness programme is based on a strategy of community preparedness and local capacity building which aims to reduce the vulnerability of over half a million people living in the mountainous Northern Areas of Pakistan against natural disasters.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department is both a scientific and a service department, and functions under the Ministry of Defence. It is responsible for providing meteorological service throughout Pakistan to wide variety of interest and for numerous public activities and projects which require weather information.

This website aims to be a central place for anyone interested in helping with the relief and rescue efforts currently underway. It also aims to provide updates on new developments as well as invaluable information on the recent earthquake in pakistan, earthquake preparation, facts and recovery.