Pakistan: Earthquake in Balochistan (MDRPK009) - DREF Operation Update no. 2

Period covered by this update: 30 September to 8 November 2013.

Summary: CHF 154,425 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 30 September, 2013 to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in delivering assistance to some 7,000 beneficiaries.

An earthquake of 7.7-magnitude hit the southwestern region of Pakistan on Tuesday 24 September 2013 at 16:29 hrs. Pakistan Standard Time (PST), affecting approximately 27,030 families (185,150 persons).

PRCS was on the ground for initial assessments within 36 hours after the quake, and operational by 27 September providing emergency health services following with basic relief to the affected 72,890 people

IFRC, in supporting PRCS, closely monitored the situation and coordinated with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Cross Red Crescent Partner National Societies (PNS) present in the country to ensure support for the operation.

This DREF supports PRCS to deliver immediate assistance to the population affected by the earthquake with emergency health services, food packets, non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter supplies. NFIs and shelter supplies have been mobilized out of existing PRCS pre-positioned stocks, while the DREF covers food items, transport and distribution cost. The DREF does not cover the replenishment of NFIs.

The majority of relief response operation by the PRCS in Balochistan has been completed on 8 November, with the final report available by March 2014.