Pakistan Earthquake 2013: Information Bulletin 2

Report
from Hong Kong Red Cross
Published on 03 Oct 2013 View Original

Situation Update

A second earthquake of scale 6.8 was stuck in the already affected areas of Balochistan and some parts of Sindh on 28 September after the 7.7 earthquake hit on 24 September. Among the six affected districts of Balochistan, Awaran and Kech witnessed widespread devastations. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Balochistan has reported 375 people dead and another 825 people injured. The latest information indicates that approximately 21,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged, and 300,000 people affected. The figure may expect to increase.

The most urgent needs are of food, emergency health services, shelter and essential non-food items with relief operations encountering challenges such as extreme heat in day time, limited communications and accessibility, and increasing security risk concerns in the area.

Red Cross Actions

The International Red Cross has mobilized approximately HK$1.3 million from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in delivering immediate assistance with the provision of emergency health services and distributions of food packets, non-food items and emergency shelter supplies to 1,000 families.

PRCS is in the process to dispatch and distribute of 1,000 non-food item (NFI) kits and food parcels to assist the affected people in Awaran district. Medical team arrived in Awaran by helicopter to provide service on ground with two trucks of medicines on the way from Karachi to the affected area

PRCS Sindh Provincial Branch has activated its Emergency Control Room since the onset of earthquake and is still in operation.

Hong Kong Red Cross Actions

The Hong Kong Red Cross continues to monitor the situation in coordination with the International Red Cross. No appeal has been launched in Hong Kong at the moment.

General Enquiries

Please dial 2802-0016, fax to 2802-0017 or email to relief@redcross.org.hk.