OCHA Pakistan Flash Update #2 on Balochistan Earthquake
Reports indicate the death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck south-west Pakistan yesterday has risen to at least 260.
Awaran District in Balochistan is the most affected by the earthquake, with over 80 per cent of mud houses reportedly damaged. Other affected districts include Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar. Losses have been reported in other remote areas and it is feared the death toll may rise further. A map of the affected areas is available here.
The United Nations in Pakistan has expressed condolences to the people and the Government of Pakistan. The UN and its humanitarian partners are in close contact with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and, if requested, are ready to provide support for the relief efforts and to mobilize the international community.
The military and local authorities are conducting rescue and relief operations in the affected areas. The military has dispatched four helicopters with food packets, medicines and other relief items. Provincial authorities have sent 1,000 tents, 800 food packs and 300 jerry cans to the affected area. The NDMA has provided 2,000 tents and 2,000 food packs for the affected people.
Meanwhile, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake today jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Reports indicate tremors were felt in Swat, Malakand Agency, Shangla, and parts of Chitral.
Flash Update #3 will be issued tomorrow, 26 September 2013.
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