CERT volunteers offering assistance in Sherqilla

AKAH Pakistan

Over the years, we have established 172 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in Pakistan and have trained over 36,000 community volunteers as first responders. The CERTs were placed on alert and rapidly mobilised to share advisories and warnings, organise evacuations and coordinate relief.

The village of Sherqilla in Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan was one of the worst hit earlier in the month. A thunderstorm and heavy downpour triggered flash flooding and a massive debris flow, affecting 250 families in the village. Sadly, seven people lost their lives and two were injured. The debris flow caused severe damage to homes, businesses, cattle sheds, agriculture land, trees, access roads and pedestrian bridges.