Major Geoffrey Langlands

Major Geoffrey Langlands Photo: Asad Zaidi The Telegraph www.telegraph.co.uk
‘The elders said, ‘Look, you can’t kidnap the principal.’ So the kidnappers agreed to release me on condition that nothing was done against them.’
Photo: Asad Zaidi
The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Major Geoffrey Langlands, 94, leaves his post in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province after 60 years

Major Geoffrey Langlands, 94, leaves his post in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province after 60 years —
Geoffrey Langlands has long been waiting for a British successor to run the remote Pakistani school he founded. Now he’s handing over – to a woman.

Geoffrey Langlands began teaching in the autumn of 1936. It was at a public school in Croydon and the abdication crisis was being played out in the newspapers. His salary: £5 a month. Seventy-six years later and Major Langlands has seen some improvement in pay. As principal of the college that carries his name, he now earns £40 a week. Fortunately, £40 goes a bit further in the Hindu Kush than it does in Croydon.

Never one to desert his post, the Major – who never married, and was himself kidnapped by tribesmen in 1988 – has hung on, waiting for the right man.

“They just couldn’t dream of coming to Pakistan,” he said of previous applicants. “One of them wrote in his final letter that he thought Pakistan was supposed to be getting better but found out it was getting worse. But that is what has kept me here: the idea of getting my little bit better and better.”

Eventually, though, Langlands found the right man. A woman.

Carey Schofield is an unlikely successor. A journalist, specialising in military and international affairs, she has never taught for a living, but so impressed was she by the college that she decided to take it on.

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A Note from IADC Inc USA founder

I visited Aiglemont, Chantilly, Gouvieux, outside Paris, France, the home of His Highness the Aga Khan from Oct 25 – 30, 2015 to raise awareness about Chitral flooding & earthquake throughout the region and to set up a meeting with His Highness the Aga Khan.

Flooding Report from Northern Pakistan

Flooding in Breep & Ruhe region of Chitral – 1000 homes destroyed

Earthquake – Homes destroyed in the villages of Chitral:
Churun Oveer 130
Breep 100
Booni 150
Karimabad Valley 60
Garmacheshma 200
Moor Dair 100

Landslide
Parsan Area 100

Update: Chitral Flooding

The disaster continues in Chitral in Northern Pakistan, as the recent flooding continues to kill and cause calamity.
These videos help portray the disaster that is occurring now. We ask that if you can help, please donate. Essential supplies, food and medical equipment is urgently needed.

Lost livestock: Bleak days ahead for flood-affected Chitralis
Chitral Flooding
Ruksana Bibi, a resident of Chitral’s Broz village, remembers July 17 as the bleakest day in her life.
View on www.dawn.com


Chitral rains, flooding kill another 19: PDMA
Flood Survivors
The PDMA has confirmed 29 deaths since torrential rains and flooding began in the affected district.
View on www.dawn.com


Natural calamity: Flash floods leave trail of destruction in Chitral – The Express Tribune

Heavy rains have washed away roads in Chitral Valley. PHOTO: INP
Heavy rains have washed away roads in Chitral Valley. PHOTO: INP

200,000 people stranded across the district; 240 bridges washed away
View on tribune.com.pk


Monsoon floods kill dozens in Pakistan
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Torrential rains and flooding have killed more than 80 people in Pakistan this month and affected almost 300,000. The country’s disaster management agency has warned of more bad weather to come.
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An Urgent Plea from Tajikistan

Dear brothers and sisters,

Please, be informed that on July 16, 2015 a severe mudflow triggered by glacial melt amid abnormally hot weather in Tajikistan has affected the village of Barsem and Kolkhozabad in the Shugnan district of Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).

The mudflow carrying with it the mass of slurry, huge rocks and uprooted trees formed a giant dam blocking the Ghund River. The river returned back and the water is approaching the village of Tang, where the Pamir-1 hydroelectric power plant (HPP) is located.

Two units of the Pamir-1 HPP and units of the Khorog HPP supplying electricity to the Shugnan district, Khorog, the Roshtqala district, part of the Ishkashim district and part of the Rushan district had been switched off and these areas have been left without power for almost 4 days.

Today the geography of the natural disaster has greatly expanded and it includes territories of Barrushan, Bartang, Vanj of GBAO and other part of Tajikistan outside the Pamirs’ borders. And there is no guarantee that the scale of the tragedy will not increase. As of now, the situation remains uncertain and serious.

Despite the fact that a coordination unit was established between international organizations in cooperation with the government of Tajikistan, there is still a great deal of effort required to bring the situation back to normal.

As a result of the natural disaster in the Pamirs, some 70 houses have been partially or completely destroyed, cemeteries and sown areas flooded, two kilometers of the road, as well as power lines in the towns of Barsem and Kolkhozabad remain under the water.

According to official data, the total damage caused by the disaster amounted to more than 3 million dollars in the Pamirs alone, and approximately 100 million dollars nationwide. For one of the poorest countries in Central Asia, this is a very substantial cost.

Around 500 Ismaili brothers and sisters have been uprooted and are currently in a tent camp in the town of Manem in Shugnan district. There are 5 to 10 people living in each tent. Every day, local authorities, international organizations and hundreds of volunteers bring them clean water and hot meals.

Various bank accounts have been opened countrywide which are receiving funds from organizations and individuals to purchase necessary goods to be sent to the affected areas in GBAO.

Pamiri Ismailis outside Tajikistan have also been raising funds to be sent to Khorog to responsible organizations and civil society groups. In this context, the members of the Pamiri Ismaili Jamoat in Washington DC have also launched a fundraising initiative amongst Tajik Ismailis living in Washington DC area, New York and other states. However, we would be more than happy to receive the support of other brothers and sisters outside Tajik Ismaili Community.

Below is the link to the paypal account for the foundation to make donations. Please circulate the e-mail or the link among our brothers and sisters in the US and Canada.

DONATE VIA PAYPAL

Donations can also be made by Direct Deposit to the following account:

Pamir Heritage Foundation, Inc
Citibank, N.A.
8023 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11228
Acc. No.: 9948519887

For those of you who are not familiar with the organization, please note that the Foundation is a charitable organization formed under 501(c)(3). It has been functioning since 2008 with a goal to promote and preserve the culture, language and history of Pamir and its people.

Update – Daily Disasters in Chitral – Flooding Continues

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, as many as 70 more houses were demolished in the flood-hit areas in Chitral today. Rains and floods have now washed away more than 300 houses, 25 mosques, bridges, educational institutions, communication equipment and several acres of crops in Chitral.

 

Floods wash away life in Chitral

CHITRAL: Massive rescue and relief efforts are under way for those marooned in the raging waves of flash floods that have affected swaths of land in Chitral…

Floods wash away life in Chitral

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32 dead in Chitral as floods continue to wreak havoc in …

32 dead in Chitral as floods continue to wreak havoc in Pakistan | PAKISTAN - geo.tv

CHITRAL: Death toll from flash floods rose to 32 on Sunday as seven more people lost their lives during the last 24 hours.Floods triggered by torrential rai…

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Report from Chitral – Urgent Update

IADC Inc has just learned of a humanitarian crisis underway in Northern Pakistan due to regional floods in Broghil Valley, Chitarl. Associated Press reports:

“Police say monsoon rains lashing northern Pakistan cause flooding that kills another 24 people

Associated Press
July 25, 2015 — 3:35am

http://www.startribune.com/police-say-rain-floods-kill-another-16-in-northern-pakistan/318521751/

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Heavy monsoon rains lashed an already-deluged northern Pakistan before dawn Saturday, as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by the flooding inundating parts of the country, police said.

The latest fatalities in Chitral in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province brought the number of deaths blamed on the flooding this week to 42 nationwide.

Local police official Abdul Qayyum said that rescuers in the past 24 hours found the bodies of 24 people in the rubble of homes around Chitral.

He said at least 30 people have been killed in Chitral since Sunday, when flash floods hit the region, affecting some 300,000 people and destroying bridges, roads and homes.”

Villages are buried under debris, dozens of people killed, homes destroyed, bridges washed away, essential supplies are dwindling.

Local Umar Rafee reports to I.A.D.C Inc.:

“We are badly affected by floods in Chitral, all roads are blocked, people cannot travel and food insecurity will get raise in future in place like Broghil. Many houses are washed away by floods, bridges, even human lives lost and people require supports from any one. We have suffered losses in million dollars and went back 20 years.

FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance and Army has been supporting but it is beyond their financial and human resources. The Prime Minister, Imran Khan and Chief Minister have paid visit to the Chitral but no one can composite the losses occurred to the families. Homes have been washed away, lands, agriculture, gardens, fruit trees and people more than 500 households are in tents and roads are blocked and will further create issues for other valleys to get food items from main town Chitral and it has been such … [garbled]

We need cash support for BYLSO (Broghil Yarkhun Local support Organizations), being the local single organizations need to provide food items for poors and we cannot able to receive direct food or clothes due road blockages and you can upload the vedioes, reports on Chitral flood from Pakistan news channels and other source.. Visit chitraltoday.net and chitraltimes.com and other sites for detail.

There are two passes Via Darkhot, Yasin valley of Gilgit 10 hours trekking by foot to broghil and another Via Ishkoman valley two full days trekking to Broghil.. I cannot access directly by jeep .. but i need support to take with me to my valley for the affected families and people who require like basic three times food items.

I know when the road gets cut off for the city and their agriculture get damage and there is no organization and people around to support with cash more than 100 families and like we need food items to arrange for small children and women and if not for all Rs 1 Million”

This current crisis exasperates an ongoing crisis that began last fall:
“Since August 16, torrential rains and flash floods have wrecked havoc in the scenic valley of Chitral, which is located in the extreme northeast of Pakistan along the Afghan border.

… over 25,000 people stranded in far-off villages…”

Read More:

Crisis grips whole Chitral but help yet to reach victims…
By Zulfiqar Ahmad
http://www.chitraltoday.net/whole-chitral-in-crisis-but-help-yet-to-reach-flood-victims/

River cutting Chitral-Mastuj road at Denin | ChitralToda…
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Everyone in Chitral is affected | ChitralToday
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