Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
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.
Mercy Corps is rushing medical aid and emergency supplies to isolated villages affected by last week's 6.4-magnitude earthquake in western Pakistan, which killed at least 215 people and left about 120,000 people homeless in the remote province of Balochistan.
Our staff on the ground in affected areas report urgent needs for blankets, tents and continuing medical assistance. We've already treated hundreds of survivors, including 620 people over a three-day stretch at the end of last week.
Mercy Corps is rushing medical aid and emergency supplies to isolated villages affected by yesterday's 6.4-magnitude earthquake in western Pakistan, which killed at least 175 people and destroyed about 1,500 homes in the remote province of Balochistan.
Two Mercy Corps ambulances with doctors and paramedics left this morning from Quetta, each filled with medical supplies, water and dry food rations.
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Portland, OR- Mercy Corps is responding to the needs of families in the southwest Balochistan province of Pakistan after two powerful earthquakes - measuring 6.4 and 6.2 on the Richter scale - shook the region Wednesday morning.