OVER 1,550 co-operatives have been affected by the recent south Asia earthquake.
Reports from the International Co-operative Alliance office in New Delhi revealed the devastation that the Kashmir earthquake, on the Pakistan/Indian border, had on co-ops and its members.
Around 1,500 of co-operatives affected are in Pakistan, while 50 of those hit by the quake are in India. Many of them are primary co-ops.
The ICA says that a total of 70,000 co-op members have been affected by the tragedy.
Damage caused includes the collapse of office buildings, family houses and warehouses. Among the items reported lost were raw materials, capital, petty cash and jewellery.
The areas impacted in India are the Uri (Baramula district), Tanghdar (Kupwara district) and Poonch (Jammu district) and eight towns in Pakistan.
The New Delhi branch issued an appeal for donations across the ICA Asia-Pacific region, which, so far, has received little response.
Shil Kwan Lee, Regional Director, ICA Asia Pacific said: "We at the ICA Asia Pacific appeal to the fraternal co-operative community through our Member Organisations to please come forward generously in helping the most severely damaged co-operatives and the unfortunate victims of the co-operative community in these areas.
"There are just rough estimates available on the scale of the disaster due to extremely difficult terrain and slow rescue operations.
"The estimates are changing every day with the recovery of more and more dead bodies from the wreckage."
A memo circulated across co-ops said the ICA is now looking at long-term support plans to help survivors.
To assist with any donations or extra support contact Mr Nasser Anwar, Secretary of the National Co-operative Union of Pakistan, on: 0092-51-921 7523, or email the ICA's New Delhi at: