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12 Aug 2011 description
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ISLAMABAD, 12 August 2011 (IRIN) - Most people in Pakistan and around the world have forgotten the victims of the 8 October 2005 earthquake which killed 73,000 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province (KP).

Other disasters have since intervened such as the 2010 floods, diverting attention and assistance.

15 Nov 2009 description
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MUZZAFARABAD , 15 November 2009 (IRIN) - Rameesha Butt, 12, remembers being trapped in her classroom as the horror of the October 2005 earthquake that killed at least 73,000 people in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistan-administered Kashmir unfolded around her.

"Our school was very old, and many of the walls collapsed. I was not hurt badly, but it was terrifying to see bricks and mortar fall all around us.

05 Jul 2009 description
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LAHORE, 5 July 2009 (IRIN) - The recent conflict-related population displacements in northwestern Pakistan - with some two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) http://ochaonline.un.org/OchaLinkClick.aspx?link=ocha&docId=1111727 - are the biggest in over 50 years, but by no means the only recent displacements.

Floods, …

03 Dec 2008 description
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QUETTA, 3 December 2008 (IRIN) - Azeem Khan, 30, has decided to move his family some 100km from Ziarat - badly damaged by the 29 October earthquake - to Quetta, capital of the Balochistan Province, southwestern Pakistan.

"The temperatures there [in Ziarat] are now well below zero. Two nights ago, it was about minus five or six degrees centigrade. We still have no winterised tent and our home is too unsafe to sleep in", Khan, a fruit farmer, told IRIN in Quetta.

He is especially worried about his wife, who has been sick for several days.

23 Nov 2008 description
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QUETTA, 23 November 2008 (IRIN) - School buildings were among the structures worst affected by the 6.4 earthquake that hit the town of Ziarat, Balochistan Province, and surrounding areas in October 2008.

Balochistan Education Minister Shafiq Ahmed Khan said: "The earthquake destroyed 98 percent of educational institutions in Ziarat, 50 percent in Loralai and Pishin, and 25 percent in Quetta." There were about 150 primary, secondary and high schools in Ziarat.

10 Nov 2008 description
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QUETTA, 10 November 2008 (IRIN) - At least 1,000 aftershocks have hit Quetta, capital of Balochistan, and the nearby town of Ziarat since the earthquake of 29 October. Around 300 of the jolts have measured above four on the Richter scale, according to Pakistan's Met Office.

Quetta, with a population of some 700,000, has been in a state of panic with residents saying they have seen little peace since the quake struck, killing around 270 people.

"We live all the time in fear. There is no sense of calm at any time.

04 Nov 2008 description
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ZIARAT, 4 November 2008 (IRIN) - Dildad Khan, 35, is deeply worried. "I am trying to find someone to give me a loan, so I can immediately start re-building my house. It will start snowing in Ziarat before long, perhaps within weeks, and I must have shelter for my aged parents and my children," the father of four told IRIN.

02 Nov 2008 description
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ZIARAT, 2 November 2008 (IRIN) - Initial needs assessments of survivors of the 29 October earthquake in northwest Balochistan warn that women and children are most at risk.

Over 70,000 people, including 30,000 children, were left homeless by a quake that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and caused at least 270 deaths.

30 Oct 2008 description
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ZIARAT, 30 October 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of people in the sparsely populated southwestern province of Balochistan have spent a freezing night in the open. Aftershocks from the 29 October earthquake continued to rock the area, creating widespread panic.

Temperatures in Ziarat and other affected areas were recorded by the Pakistan Met Office at between minus one and minus four degrees Centigrade on the night of 29-30 October.

The death toll from the quake, which measured 6.4 on the Richter scale, is now being officially put at 236, with over 400 injured.

29 Oct 2008 description
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QUETTA, 29 October 2008 (IRIN) - An earthquake early this morning in Balochistan Province has left dozens dead and many more injured. Initial aid efforts are getting under way.

Mohammad Yasin, 27, who worked as a volunteer in the immediate aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan, was in his home in Ziarat, Balochistan Province, and witnessed this morning's quake:

"Just after 4am Wednesday morning, I felt tremors that woke me up. Soon after I went back to bed, I heard crashing sounds and the earth shook violently.