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Charity dispatches architect to Kashmir

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Recently formed charity Architects for Aid (A4A) has sent out its first aid-worker to an earthquake-hit area of northern Pakistan.

Sam Price, from London-based practice UV Architects, will join with the recovery and relief assessment project set up to help the survivors of the 8 October disaster.

The earthquake has already claimed nearly 80,000 lives on the Kashmiri border and it is estimated another 2.3 million people are in need of immediate food supplies.

During his stay, Price will work alongside the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to rebuild livestock shelters and veterinary buildings in Muzzaffarabad, Balakot, Rwala Kot, Batgram and Bagh.

The local people rely heavily on buffalo herds, both for food and their livelihoods, and pressure is mounting to construct new shelters before the harsh Himalayan winter sets in.

Charity founder, architectural broadcaster Max Hutchinson, said: 'After massive environmental destruction- many in Pakistan depend on their livestock for continued survival and eventual recovery. Without immediate action to build [these] facilities, the imminent onset of winter could cause a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented sacle.

'A4A is really proud to be sending its first architectural adviser to join the WSPA team.'

For more information about A4A's work visit www.architectsforaid.orgor contact managing director Victoria Harris on 020 74661222.

by Richard Waite

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