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)
Nutrition Cluster Results highlights
The European Union's current humanitarian actions in Pakistan focus on several separate but interrelated crises:
Support for people affected by the conflict in the northwest, where over one million people are presently displaced. The on-going complex emergency remains underfunded with little media attention and is classified by the European Commission as a Forgotten Crisis.
With a population of almost 200 million, Pakistan faces a multitude of interlinked challenges:
Estimation of 1 161 248 people still in displacement due to military operations against non-state armed groups. Most of the IDPs have sought refuge in the adjoining districts in Pakistan, but also across the border in Afghanistan. In 2015, 660 540 IDPs returned to their place of origin.
As a gesture of solidarity with the Pakistani brethren and in continuation to the Relief Goods provided during Earthquake of October 2015, the Peoples Republic of China has extended humanitarian relief assistance in the form of an additional tranche of 2,950 tents to the Government of Pakistan.
On behalf of the Government of China Ambassador Sun Weidong handed over relief consignment to Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz at NDMA Warehouse Islamabad today.
PESHAWAR: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the provincial government has provided rescue and sufficient relief to both flood and earthquake hit communities in the province, as we consider this our primary responsibility.
Winter highlights the geographically complicated nature of the enduring humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Despite forecasts for a mild winter in some areas, conflict-induced internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, and victims of the 26 October earthquake face distinct challenges as near-daily freezing temperatures settle in for much of the country during the core winter wet season, December – February. According to UNHCR, of over 1.1 million IDPs in Afghanistan, one quarter were newly displaced in 2015 and therefore less adapted and more vulnerable than existing IDPs.
Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz has said that support from Private Sector is an important component for entire spectrum of disaster management. He said this while meeting Mr. Kinji Saito, Global Chief Suzuki Motors Company of Japan here in Islamabad today.
Pakistan Suzuki Motors Company as a goodwill gesture and part of its corporate social responsibility donated 20 Ambulances and 300 Tents to Pakistan in the wake of Earthquake of 26th October, 2015.
Islamabad the 3rd December, 2015
ABU DHABI, 30th November 2015 (WAM) --- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Kabul, continues to distribute relief to people affected by the recent earthquake which hit Badakhshan and Takhar provinces in the northeast of Afghanistan.