On 31 January 2018, two earthquakes felt in different regions of Pakistan. Detail of earthquakes are as under:-
a. Earthquake in District Lasbela, Balochistan.
Earthquake of 4.9 Magnitude, 23 km depth, epicentre 20 km east of Bela originated at 1059 hours.
b. Across the Country.
Earthquake of 6.2 Magnitude, 169 km depth, epicentre 35 km south of Jurm, Badakshan Province, Hindukush Region, Afghanistan at 1207 hours. Earthquake map is attached as Annex A.
2. Actions Taken by NDMA
Islamabad 19 January 2018:
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Army Medical Corps (AMC) signed MoU on 19th January, 2018 to promote a culture of prevention, mitigation and enhanced coordination among key stakeholders involved in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) across the country.
This MoU was signed by Chairman NDMA, Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat, HI (M) and Surgeon General, Lt General Zahid Hamid. This MoU specifically focuses on enhancing cooperation between NDMA and AMC, including mutual support in DRM related initiatives.
Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Health Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarrar and Prime Minister’s Focal person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq have strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent polio worker in Balochistan in which two front line workers have been martyred by the terrorists.
Islamabad 12 January 2018: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) signed Annual Work Plan with the UNFPA- Pakistan, with NDMA on January 12th, 2018 to envisage cooperation between the two organizations for Gender Mainstreaming, specifically in humanitarian crises to cater the needs and concerns of vulnerable groups in the entire DRM spectrum. The work plan is part of the Multi-Year Agreement (2018-22) signed between the two organizations in December 2017 to address issues of GBV and protection of women during pre and post disasters.