Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
August 6, 2010
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan * Of the current situation in Pakistan, Pakistan-based staff members of Church World Service offer the following reflection:
In the five years since the 2005 earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan, not one year has gone by in which the people of Pakistan have not suffered from disaster.
SITUATION - Relief efforts continue in the wake of the Oct. 29, 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southwest Pakistan that, according to unofficial accounts, killed as many as 350 persons and left some 3,000 homes destroyed and about 15,000 homeless.
RESPONSE: Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan "continues to provide much needed aid to the affected communities in Balochistan," according to a disaster response update CWS P/A issued today.
"More than a week after the initial earthquake, families continue to survive with little more than the clothes on their backs.
SITUATION: The death toll from the Wednesday (Oct. 29) 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southwest Pakistan along the Afghan border remains unclear, with officials saying it could climb beyond 300, though officially the toll has been said to be 160 persons; unofficial estimates have put the toll at about 350 persons. Some 3,000 homes were destroyed and about 15,000 left homeless, the Associated Press reported.
There have been about 500 aftershocks in the earthquake-affected areas, centered in Balochistan.
NEW YORK/QUETTA, PAKISTAN -- The Pakistan staff of international humanitarian agency Church World Service is on the ground and assisting survivors of the powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the southwestern province of Balochistan earlier today.
With offices in Quetta, about 37 miles from the area where the quake hit, Church World Service has significant operational presence in the region and has been able to mount immediate response.
SITUATION: At least 350 people are dead from an earthquake in the southwestern Pakistan province of Balochistan, Action by Churches Together reports. Balochistan is Pakistan's largest but most thinly populated province.
The areas hit by the earthquake are Pishin, Ziarat, Qila Abdullah, Chaman, Loralai, Sibbi and Mastung, with numerous collapsed houses and buildings.
SITUATION: At least 170 people have died from a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Pakistan early today. Among the villages affected was Ziarat, about 30 miles north of Quetta, where CWS has offices.
The death toll is expected to increase, officials said. Dilawar Khan, mayor of Ziarat, said two areas in his district had been "badly hit," the BBC reported.