HUNDREDS OF engineers are gearing up for a major mission to Pakistan to respond to the human cost of allied action against Afghanistan.
UK-based RedR (Engineers for Disaster Relief) members are needed to ensure that water, sanitation and shelter are provided for the 8M Afghans that the UN predicts will need help this winter.
The first RedR mission was to carry out a needs assessment on behalf of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
This was to identify numbers of refugees and camps needed, water availability, locations for latrines and the logistics of food and water provision.
Other RedR members are also out in the field, with more than 140 of the 1,400 registered members on emergency standby.
RedR training courses are being booked up quickly by aid agencies preparing to send workers to Afghanistan.
RedR recently ran a security management workshop in Peshawar, northern Pakistan for local and international aid agencies operating in Afghanistan.