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TIME LINE OF THE ORGANIZATION

2008

Shehzad Welfare Organization was established & Registered with Government Under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration & Control) Ordinance, 1961.

SWO RESEARCH SAYS UNPLANNED RAPID URBANISATION MAJOR CAUSE OF URBAN FLOODING, CLIMATE CHANGE POSES SERIOUS HAZARDS TO CITY.

According to it, the urban flooding’s intensity in Peshawar has increased over past few years and poor drainage system was one of the main reasons.Apart from old city, Warsak Road, Gulbahar, cantonment areas and planned neighborhood of Hayatabad have faced urban flooding with about four feet water level in 2013, 2014 and 2015, while flood protection works are done without technical assessment on identification of the relevant lawmaker or minister. The rapid urbanization sans planning emerges as a major cause of urban flooding, while climate change and westward movement of monsoon rainfall patterns pose serious hazards to Peshawar, it notes. The study notes that Peshawar’s vulnerability in terms of earthquake risk was very high as highly active Hindu Kush seismic region was about 200 kilometers northwest of the city. Authorities’ failure to implement building codes only heightens the risk faced by the city, as these regulations are only followed for public infrastructure, while private buildings lacked enforcement regime. “Most recent building regulation available for Peshawar date form 1985,” it notes, adding that these bylaws have essentially no requirement for either structural or earthquake design. Also windstorms were also a recurring hazard in Peshawar; however, April 2015 mini-cyclone hitting Peshawar was an unusual phenomenon and met department even expressed inability to predict such weather patterns. Provincial capital was struggling with fires, terrorism, environmental risks, influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and epidemics. About 42 percent of registered IDPs and 60 percent of 1.7 million Afghan refugees live in or around Peshawar district, it said, adding that presence of such a large number of people puts immense pressure on housing and land. It said that World Health Organization (WHO) declared the district as world’s largest polio reservoir back in 2014, while other studies have found that most of the drinking water contaminated before reaching households. Officials of the Public Health Engineering department Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar admitted to authors that water distribution pipes were about four decades old and were main cause of problems.The stakeholder analysis of the study notes that complications were evident in study of roles, responsibilities and resources of various stakeholders in the city.“Less clarity, overlapping responsibilities, and duplication and mismanagement of resources is what every stakeholder agrees as an issue,” it added.The study called for the clarity of the roles of the various agencies and departments, strengthening of linkages between them, enforcement of byelaws and regulations, technical research, livelihood resilience and inclusion of urban DRM in the upcoming Strategic Master Plan of the City for which the TORs are being developed by Urban Policy Unit. Provincial Disaster Management Authority director resources and administration Mohammad Khalid, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said his organization would forward the report to all relevant government agencies for improvement of own DRM strategies for the provincial capital.

EARTH QUAKE & FLOODS RELIEF OPERATIONS.

Relief and security operations made to provide aid and treatment to those affected by the natural disaster in collaboration with Public/Private Institutions.The 2011 Kohistan floods are a series of flash floods that took place throughout the month of August in the Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northwest Pakistan. The floods, caused by overnight heavy rains, have left at least 63 people dead and washed away dozens of houses, settlements, livestock and vegetation.

Relief and security operations made to provide aid and treatment to those affected by the natural disaster. The floods are the most destructive since the deadly 2010 Pakistan floods which rampaged the whole country.

February 08, 2017

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Balochistan, including Gwadar, Makran and Pasni. Residents of the affected areas were woken up and ran out of their houses in fear and shock. However, no damage or casualties were reported.

April 10, 2016

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, causing fear and panic among residents who vacated buildings for the duration of the almost ‘three-minute-long quake.’

Six people died from landslides, 27 were injured, while at least 20 houses were damaged.

October 26, 2015

A strong earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitudes struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas. Strong tremors were also felt in Kabul and New Delhi.

The quake, which lasted at least one minute, shook buildings in Islamabad, Kabul and New Delhi, sending people rushing into the streets.

September 24, 2013

A massive earthquake struck Balochistan killing over 800 people, injuring hundreds and flattening thousands of houses in the southwestern province.

April 16, 2013

A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitudes hit Quetta, with tremors felt in different parts of Pakistan, Iran, India and some gulf countries. The epicentre of the earthquake lay in the Sarawan area of Iran which lies close to Pak-Iran border. About 34 people were reported killed while 80 were reported to be injured with some 10,000 houses damaged as a result of the quake.

April 4, 2013

An earthquake struck the Northern Areas of Pakistan including FATA, measuring 5.4 magnitude.

Feb 17, 2013,

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck the northern areas of Pakistan, including FATA. The areas where the jolts were felt included Nowshera, Peshawar, Malakand, Shangla, various areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, Lower Dir and Khyber tribal regions.

Dec 29, 2012,

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and tremors were felt in parts of Pakistan.

July 18, 2012

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude jolted several parts of the country. Its epicentre was in Koh Hindukush, according to met office. The quake lasted a few seconds, but no casualties were reported.

July 12, 2012

An earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitudes affected the northern areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, KP and Punjab. The epicenter was calculated as being 194 kilometers deep under the Hindukush range, while no losses were reported.

May 25, 2012

An earthquake of mild intensity hit Quetta and adjoining areas. No casualties were reported.

May 12, 2012

A medium magnitude earthquake shook parts of Sorab in Quetta. No casualties were reported.

January 19, 2012

A medium magnitude earthquake (measuring 4.5 magnitude) lasted for 30 seconds, and affected the areas of Quetta, Ziarat, Khanozai, Pishin, Harnai, Qila Abdullah and Toba Achakzai. The epicentre of the earthquake lay 90 kilometers from Quetta in Achakzai area of Ziarat District. No casualties were reported.

May 15, 2011

Mild shocks of earthquake jolted various parts of Khaber Pakhtunkwa and federal capital. The magnitude of the quake was recorded as 4.7 magnitude and its epicenter was 41 kilometres deep and 64 kilometres north west of Mansehra. No lives were lost.

April 3, 2011

Two simultaneous quakes shook Karachi in seven hours – the first measured 2.8 while the second measured 4.7 magnitude. No casualties were reported as a result of the quake.

Jan 22, 2011

Moderate tremors shook Islamabad and northern areas of Pakistan. The epicenter lay 188km North of Islamabad in Faizabad district.

Jan 20, 2011

Another earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude shook Quetta with an epicenter located 1.5 kilometers northwest of Kharan district in Balochistan. Over 200 houses were damaged.

Jan 18, 2011

An earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude hit areas in Southwest Pakistan, killing several people and damaging 200 buildings in Balochistan. The epicenter of the quake lay 50 kilometer west of Dalbandin.

October 28, 2010

Earthquake jolts were felt in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Azad Kashmir and Islamabad. The earthquake measured 5.3.

January 18, 2010

An earthquake measuring 7.4 hit Karachi and lasted for about a minute. The quake, whose epicenter lay 55 kilometer west of Dalbandin, did not result in any casualties.

October 28, 2008

An earthquake measuring 6.4 in magnitude hit Quetta and the surrounding areas, killing a total of 160 people and injuring 370 others in Balochistan. Several houses were also destroyed as a result of the quake. The epicenter of the quake lay 60 kilometer northeast of Quetta.