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On October 8, 2005, a massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on the scale shook the whole of North India and Pakistan. Reported to be the first earthquake in the span of 120 years, this tragedy left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in the Kashmir valley. ADEPT's partner CMC Ludhiana joined hands with the Catholic Social Service Society and Catholic Relief Services to provide medical services to the survivors in Baramullah district of Kashmir.
The villages are at distances ranging from 30 to 80 Km from Baramulla town.
The ADEPT medical team treated a total of 8075 patients uptil the onset of unprecedented excessive rain and intermittent snowfall since 29 Nov 2005. The rising carpet of the first snows that drifted over the quake-hit villages interspersed resulted in bringing himalayan trek of the doctors to treat patients in affected villages to a halt. St. Joseph's hospital was snowbound and the evaluation team had to find an alternate method of reaching medical care to the snow bound villages.
The death toll so far in Pakistan is estimated to be more than 40,000, but this could easily double. While the oficial death toll in India appears comparativey low at 1,400, it can skyrocket any moment. About seventy per cent villages, still await relief, particularly tents.
ADEPT's disaster medical relief team is standing by at Ludhiana, Punjab, India just 3 hours away by road from the Quake hit regions of India and Pakistan, ready to move at the call of any organisation. The team consists of experienced Physicians, Surgeons, Orthopedecians, Anesthetists, Vascular and Plastic Surgeons, Nurses and Orderlies from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.
We express our sympathy and condolences to all those who have lost their near and dear in the Earthquake in the Hindu Kush. We are ready to move in our disaster medical relief management team into the affected area. Dr. K.M. Shyamprasad,Executive Director NLHMB and Chairman ADEPT, has discussed this with Lt. Gen. J R Bharadwaj PVSM, AVSM, VSM, PHS,secretary of thehigh powered National Committe for Disaster Management headed by the Prime Minister. We are told that the committeehas decided that the entire operation will curently be handled by the army with the help of the State Govt.