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Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world's fifth-most populous country, with a population exceeding 225.2 million, and has the world's second-largest Muslim population. Pakistan is the 33rd-largest country by area, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. Wikipedia

Prime minister: Imran Khan Trending

Capital: Islamabad

Currency: Pakistani rupee

President: Arif Alvi

Population: 220.9 million (2020) World Bank

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Fire at Koh-e-Suleman

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On Sunday 22 May, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government declared a state of emergency due to the raging forest fire at Koh-e-Suleman mountain range located in the Sherani district, north-west of Balochistan Province.

The fire was observed a week ago and expanded over the weekend, destroying to date an estimated 30% of the UNESCO-heritage pine-nut forest.

Three people died and four others were injured so far, while an estimated 4,000 individuals are displaced and living with families.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been charged to lead the response. The military has been deployed with aircraft, however both the civilian administration and military are challenged in addressing the fire. Pakistan has now sought aircraft assistance from Teheran and one aircraft was expected to arrive yesterday.

DG ECHO field office and the EU Delegation are following the situation and will attend today the Economics Affairs Division Islamabad (EAD) meeting on the crisis. 

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Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
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Humanitarian Impact
  4,000
      Affected Persons
  4,000
        Displaced Persons
  3
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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