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NEPAL: Schools identified as key in earthquake preparedness
15 October 2007 (IRIN ), Earthquake-resistant building trainer Balkrishna Kasula is worried that thousands of schools in seismically active zones throughout the country are poorly built and vulnerable to earthquakes.
PAKISTAN: Teacher's murder heightens fear in northwest
14 October 2007 (IRIN ), Saadia Jan, 19, bites her nails uncertainly, as she perches on the window sill of her parent's house in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
AFGHANISTAN: Over 155 civilians killed in suicide attacks, fighting in September
12 October 2007 (IRIN ), Over 155 Afghan civilians died in ground military operations, aerial strikes and suicide attacks by Taliban insurgents, US, NATO and Afghan government forces in September alone, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has told IRIN.
AFGHANISTAN: Rate of refugee return slows ahead of winter
10 October 2007 (IRIN ), Fewer Afghan refugees are returning home from neighbouring Iran and Pakistan than in the summer when uptake of a temporary repatriation assistance programme was at its peak, especially in Pakistan.
TAJIKISTAN: Raising awareness of natural disasters
10 October 2007 (IRIN ), A series of activities to raise public awareness on natural disasters, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness are under way in Tajikistan on 10 October to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.
AFGHANISTAN: Disabled Afghans struggle to survive
10 October 2007 (IRIN ), Many people have many problems in Afghanistan, including trouble finding employment and shelter. For at least 6 months this year they have not received their monthly payment of 400Afs from the government. While some people need help now, there are also calls for better long term plan to help disabled people. In this report we will hear about the problems faced by one disabled man as he tried to support his family in Kunduz. IRIN’s Masooma Mohammadi reports…
AFGHANISTAN: Aid being pre-positioned to avert crisis in winter
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), The government of Afghanistan and UN agencies are pre-positioning humanitarian relief aid in 18 provinces of the country before snowfall and heavy rains block roads and impede access to areas with rugged terrain during the winter and early spring months.
NEPAL: Poor in remote villages struggle to access health care
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), Debu Rawal has walked nearly 20 hours from her remote Jagannath village to reach the health camp at the Kolti airport area of Bajura District, nearly 700km northwest of the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, to get treatment for her one-year-old daughter, who is severely malnourished.
AFGHANISTAN: Boys' education slides in Helmand
8 October 2007 (IRIN ), More than 30,000 pupils who attended schools in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan last year have been absent in 2007, the provincial department of education told IRIN. About 102,700 students attended school in 2006, fewer than 14 percent of them girls.
SRI LANKA: New houses for some tsunami survivors, dashed hopes for others
8 October 2007 (IRIN ), According to UN-HABITAT (the UN Human Settlements Programme), the UN’s lead agency in post-tsunami reconstruction, at least 76 percent of the country’s total tsunami housing requirements have now been met, with a little over 92,200 houses having been built in the 12 coastal districts hit by the disaster.

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