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Civils flock to help RedR with Pakistan rebuild

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HUNDREDS OF UK engineers were this week lining up to be deployed by charities in Pakistan following the 8 October earthquake, said engineering disaster relief body RedR.

The volunteers are expected to help with the planning and construction of shelter, water and sanitation projects and will also provide logistical support for the aid agencies.

RedR is supplying engineers' details to charities like Oxfam, Save the Children and GOAL, which are all working in the earthquake region.

RedR also this week launched an appeal to raise £500,000 to help fund its own team in Pakistan. This will advise and manage local people and charity workers as reconstruction work begins. It will also advise on the logistics of delivering aid.

'The whole reconstruction effort will be a major focus. We can help people there to implement earthquake resistant construction methods, ' said RedR chief executive Bobby Lambert.

'There are loads of codes and good technical designs out there but education and dissemination of this information is critical.

'We are not reinventing the wheel. This information exists, but it needs to be made available and this is where we can help, ' he added.

This would be done through translating building codes into simple diagrams and booklets in local languages.

Access to remote areas of Pakistan is still limited as engineers struggle to clear roads blocked by landslides and bridge collapses using earth movers and heavy lifting helicopters.

Heavy rain is also delaying efforts to clear routes.

Send donations to: RedR-IHE, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA or call (020) 7233 3116 or donate online by visiting www. redr. org/london

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