Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
Around 13:40 local time (UTC +4:30) on 26 October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province in the north-east region of Afghanistan. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicentre was 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in the Hindu Kush mountain range and 213 km in depth. The quakes impact was felt beyond Afghanistan as damages and casualties have been reported in the western part of Pakistan while minor damage occurred in India. (IFRC, 2 Nov 2015)
Preliminary reports from the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) indicate 272 deaths, 2,152 people injured and 25,367 houses damaged across the country.(IFRC, 3 Nov 2015)
In Afghanistan, Assessment reports indicate 117 deaths, 544 people injured, 12,794 homes damaged and 7,384 houses destroyed. Furthermore, 136,967 people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 131,345 people have received some form of assistance so far date. More than 51,000 people were affected in Badakhshan alone, where property damage was most extensive. The earthquake claimed the most lives and caused the most casualties in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. Access remains the most significant challenge in providing assistance to people in need and is an issue reaching at least 194 villages affected by the earthquake. (IFRC, 15 Dec 2015)
PESHAWAR: The Chitral Scouts stopped members of the Dawn Relief Earthquake Welfare Organisation, also known simply as Dawn Relief, from entering the calamity-hit area of Churan Oveer over the latter’s failure to produce a no-objection certificate (NOC), said a press release on Thursday.
Some personnel of the Chitral Scouts stopped a team from Dawn Relief — which was established by the Dawn Media Group in late 2005 — at the Koragh check post near Churan Oveer on Aug 24 and asked its chief to show them an NOC issued by the authorities concerned.
Telepsychiatry sessions between doctors in Karachi and villagers in the north mean distance is no issue.
In March 2015, floods ravaged the small village of Charun Oveer, tucked way beside Chitral. All the turbines — the only source of electricity for the village – were destroyed. Seven months later in October, a 7.5 earthquake hit the same region, and the village saw its houses turn to rubble.
This winter has found the residents of Chitral unsettled, after the unlucky vale was ravaged by not one but two natural calamities in 2015; floods and earthquakes.
The damage could have been far worse; the villagers of Charun Oveer mostly build houses out of mud and stone so they are easy to rebuild. But most villagers say they’ve never seen such destruction in their lifetimes.
People were just scraping off the mud and picking up the boulders left behind by the flood when the earth shook again in October 2015.
PESHAWAR: Seventeen days have passed since a devastating earthquake wrecked havoc in northern parts of the country, the federal government has yet to release funds to compensate the affected population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Briefing media on the post-earthquake situation here on Thursday, special assistant to the chief minister Mushtaq Ghani said the federal government had yet to release funds for the disaster-hit people in KP.
TIMERGARA: Chilly weather following snowfall on hilltops and rain in plain areas on Tuesday multiplied miseries of the quake-affected people living in tents or in hujras of their relatives in Dir.
An administration official in Lower Dir told Dawn that over 6,000 families had been living either in tents or in single-room accommodations at their relatives’ houses.
The nights are bone chillingly cold in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Chitral district — especially for those who have to sleep out in the open because their houses were destroyed in the aftermath of the deadly October 26 earthquake.
For Ahmed Shah and many other residents, it is an ordeal to endure these nights. "I shiver all throughout the night despite wrapping myself in a blanket and a heavy quilt," Shah says.
LAHORE: Five more spells of rain and snowfall — three over upper parts of the country and two over Balochistan — are expected this month, heralding the onset of early winter and causing more problems for the people affected by the recent earthquake.
At present a westerly wave is already generating rain and snowfall over hills in the quake-hit areas and north Punjab.
PESHAWAR: With temperatures dropping since the onset of winter in northern districts of Malakand division, elderly Siraj does not know how he and his family will cope with snowfall and downpour.
“Some people have received tents, but others have not. Blankets have not arrived yet. Whatever we had lies buried under rubble,” the 58-year-old mine worker from Shangla’s Mali Baba area said. “And the tents we have received are neither waterproof nor can they take the load of snowfall.”
MANSEHRA: Emergency relief such as blankets, tents and medicines have not yet reached the affected people of Kunder Hassanzai tehsil of Torghar after the Oct 26 earthquake.
“The affected families in our tehsil are without emergency relief even after taking up the issue with the district administration,” Shahzad Shah told mediapersons here on Saturday.
Accompanied by naib nazim Said Mohammad and tehsil councillors, Mr Shah said that their tehsil was hit hard by the earthquake, but the administration did not pay heed to provide relief items to the victims.
SLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the implementation of the relief package announced by him has started, stated a report from Radio Pakistan.
The relief package will provide monetary compensation to people who were injured or lost their family members in the earthquake, and also to those whose houses were either destroyed or damaged in the earthquake.
The prime minister was addressing affected families at Dasu in district Kohistan.
PESHAWAR: As civil and military leaders toured northern parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday to assess the destruction caused by the deadly earthquake and to assure the affected people of prompt help, traumatised survivors complained that they were coping with crippling cold in the open without tents and assistance.
ISLAMABAD: The death toll from the earthquake, that shook northern parts of Pakistan on Monday, has risen to 267 while 1,856 are reported injured across the country.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says at least 11,389 houses were damaged in the affected areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province being the worst-hit with 220 deaths, 1,656 injured and at least 10,586 houses damaged.
Nawaz announces relief package
MINGORA/SHANGLA: The rescue and relief work has yet to begin in remote areas of earthquake-ravaged Malakand division forcing the people to remove debris of houses and clear roads on self-help basis.
The death toll from Monday’s tremors in Swat reached 33 on Tuesday after more casualties were reported in far-flung areas of the scenic valley.
Swat deputy commissioner Mehmood Aslam Wazir confirmed to Dawn that the number of deaths in the earthquake-related incidents had increased to 33, while more than 1,000 houses had destroyed in the calamity.
PESHAWAR: Showing the severity of devastation caused by the Monday’s earthquake, the initial assessment made by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department reveals that around 813 schools in nine of the quake-stricken districts were extensively or partially damaged.
While the federal and provincial governments are yet to rebuild most of the government schools damaged in the devastating earthquake a decade ago, this new catastrophe has increased the problems for both the governments.
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas on Monday, leaving at least 200 dead and more than 1,000 injured due to building collapses, landslides, stampedes and other quake related incidents.
The earthquake struck the country at 2:09pm today (Monday).
The death toll could climb in the coming days because communications are down in much of the remote mountainous region.