Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
This plan seeks to provide support to the core programmes of Pakistan Red Crescent Society for the coming two years, 2010-2011. The plan focuses on four core areas: disaster management, health and care, organisational development and the promotion of humanitarian principles and values.
The ongoing emergency response to the Balochistan 29 October earthquake is located within the broader disaster management context. Culmination of emergency response phase is linked to meeting 'essential shelter needs' of 7820 shelters, planned distribution of 1750 MT Al - Nayhan food package and supporting the devolved district government based response mechanism following Army's de-induction.
In the few days that I've spent in Pakistan, I've been treated to some startling contrasts: the relative modernity of Islamabad with the crumbing houses and desperate conditions of Ahmedoon; the mild afternoon of Quetta that quickly turns cold when the sun dips behind the Koh-Murdar Mountains; a day of chilly, wet weather in Muzaffarabad that is followed by summer-like temperatures the next.
The contrast is most noticeable in the voices I've heard.
Mubashir Fida, International Federation Information Officer in Ziarat
The tourist resort town of Ziarat, where for generations juniper trees and a majestic landscape have welcomed all visitors, has now, in the blink of an eye, become a place of worry and sadness.
This town in the south-western province of Baluchistan, well-known as one of the bountiful fruit baskets of Pakistan, was shaken hard when a series of powerful earthquakes flattened villages in the region on 29 October.
Earthquakes took the lives of an estimated 200 people in a mostly impoverished region, with more than …
By Antonia Paradela
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 31 October 2008 - Sabnan Guldin, 3, is trying to bite an apple but suddenly looks up in fear as strangers enter the family compound. He is sitting on a mat in an area cleared of rubble where his family's home collapsed in the earthquake that struck Balochistan province, south-western Pakistan, on 29 October.
Almost all of the 30 members of Sabnan's extended family managed to escape unharmed, although one died.
QUETTA, Pakistan (October 29, 2008) - Hasan Mazumdar, CARE's country director in Pakistan, traveled with CARE's emergency team to the epicenter of yesterday's quake:
As we approached the village, we could see 60 or 70 dead bodies lined up, ready to be buried. There were many children - very small bodies, wrapped in blankets or clothing. It was terrible to see. Another mass grave had just been covered over. In all, the villagers say there were almost 200 people who died here in this village.
I met a man who told me he had four daughters, but now all of them are gone.
Date-Time: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 23:09:58 UTC
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 04:09:58 AM at epicenter
Location: 30.653=B0N, 67.323=B0E
Depth: 15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program
Distances: 60 km (35 miles) NNE of Quetta, Pakistan
185 km (115 miles) SE of Kandahar, Afghanistan
195 km (120 miles) NNE of Kalat, Pakistan
640 km (400 miles) WSW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 6.1 km (3.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters: NST=130, Nph=130, Dmin=460.8 …