Climbers Sought For Kashmir Relief Work
An Indian NGO is appealing for skilled winter mountaineers to help distribute aid and supplies to earthquake-stricken high mountain villages and prevent a second, larger wave of deaths.
ADEPT, an Indian NGO, has appealed for winter mountaineers to help
bring relief supplies to high mountain villages in Kashmir in the
wake of the recent earthquake in the region.
Many villages have been destroyed, and people face the winter
without proper hygiene facilities, without suitable shelter, in
cramped quarters, and surrounded by wreckage. On its web site, ADEPT
says that attempts to obtain winterised tents have failed and that
the only option now is to supply villages with 'tin sheets that can
be used for shelter'.
The problem is that many of the affected villages are accessible
only by snow-covered high mountain trails and medical teams and
others, without mountaineering skills, cannot reach them in winter
The solution, says the organisation, is to use climbers who are
used to operating in such conditions, hence the appeal.
Indian Kashmir has been hit less severely than Pakistani areas,
however, the fear is that the combination of lack of shelter and
severe weather conditions over winter could produce a second, much
larger wave of deaths.
More information from the ADEPT
web site and in greater detail here.
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