Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
WESTPORT, Conn. (Oct. 29, 2008) - Save the Children staff members in Pakistan are moving quickly to assist children and families affected by an earthquake that struck today in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 170 people and leaving 15,000 homeless.
The impact area is a remote mountainous region of Pakistan, approximately 3 hours drive from Quetta, the nearest big city.
"Emergency response teams are en route to the site," said Ned Olney, in charge of emergency response operations for Save the Children US.
Save the Children has a team of people on the ground in Pakistan undertaking an emergency assessment to ascertain the scale of the damage in Baluchistan so that we can respond appropriately and quickly.
Amanda Weisbaum, head of emergency response at Save the Children UK, said: "The initial 48 hours are crucial - it is then that people are most vulnerable and it is then survivors need food, water and shelter.