South Asia Earthquake Relief Effort May Be Too Little, and Far Too Late – Sunday Independent

BAGH — Khaled Mahmoud, an elected representative in the district of Pader Mastu, near the city of Bagh, told us that ‘we Kashmiris are grateful to the international community, the people of Ireland, to aid agencies for helping us in our time of great sorrow’. Mahmoud lost his wife and four of his five children in the earthquake. Kashmiris have lived in this area for centuries, and know what is needed to survive. When we deliver vital food and shelter items to the needy, they know what they need to survive. And they know that it is not going to be enough as things stand. Vast pledges to the tune of US$5.4billion were made at a donor reconstruction conference two weekends ago. But this money is mostly for rebuilding infrastructure and livelihoods after the winter. It is also just pledges, not hard cash handed over.