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Pakistan, India - Earthquake: OCHA Situation Report No. 5

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0158

OCHA Situation Report No. 5
South Asia (Pakistan and India) - Earthquake



1. The Government of Pakistan estimates the number of casualties caused by the massive earthquake stands at 23,000. In addition, over 4 million people have been affected by the earthquake of which 1 million was affected seriously and 42, 397 are confirmed to be injured.

2. Over 140 aftershocks were recorded, 21 of which were over 5.0 on the Richter scale. The delivery of aid is hampered by the mountainous area, cold weather and damaged or collapsed infrastructure . The retrieval of bodies and arrangements of burials are ongoing.

3. The UNDAC team reports that in Muzaffarabad, 25 building complexes were searched by the search and rescue teams and to date, 8 people have been rescued.

Emergency Requirements

4. The Government of Pakistan informed the international community of the priority needs:

- Shelter (winterized tents, plastic sheets, thick blankets or quilts, mattresses, heating equipment (for an estimated 4 million people who are in need of shelter)

- Food items (pre-cooked canned food /Halal, high energy biscuits, survival rations)

- Medicines (Field hospitals, Antibiotics, Typhoid medicines, Fracture-related kits, First aid kits, Surgical instruments, Water purification kits and tablets)

- Cargo helicopters and heavy machines to remove debris on the road

- Financial assistance

National Response

5. All national resources have been mobilised and the people of Pakistan are braving this national tragedy with resolve and are contributing to the rescue and relief efforts at all levels.

6. A Disaster Management Cell has been established in the Office of the Prime Minister, and a Crisis Management Cell has also been established in the Ministry of Interior to coordinate emergency response activities. An Emergency Coordination Center has been established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate international assistance from where it is channelled to the appropriate sector level ministry.

International Response

7. A Flash Appeal will be launched on 11 October. OCHA is organizing the second Information Meeting with the Permanent Missions on 13 October in Geneva..

8. Search and Rescue teams has been deployed as follows:

- Japan has deployed its team to Batagram

- The Netherlands deployed to Bagh

- France deployed to Balakot and Muzaffarabad

- Turkish teams are active in Muzaffarabad

- United Arab Emirates deployed a team to Muzaffarabad

- The UK deployed to Muzaffarabad

- The Aga Khan foundation in Muzaffarabad and Balakot

9. There are currently 4 UN inter agency assessment teams deployed in Muzaffarabad, NWF province and Mansehra.

10. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has deployed its Regional Disaster Reduction Adviser to Pakistan.

11. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has non-food items available including 1,400 double fly tents, hospital tents, 10,000 plastic sheets and a large quantity of soap.

12. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) informed that pre-positioned stockpiles of water containers and purification tablets were being moved from the warehouses to the affected areas for onward distribution.

13. The World Food Programme (WFP) has warehousing capacity, which may be make available to organizations for storing their relief goods. WFP has 10,000 metric tons of wheat flour and 4,000 metric tons of vegetable oil available. WFP is also mobilizing 120 metric tons of high-energy biscuits for distribution. WFP is deploying logistics experts with regional experience and will take the lead in logistics.

14. One thousand hospitals are completely destroyed. There is a severe shortage of medical supplies. The World health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are assisting the Ministry of Health, and surgical teams have been deployed to the most affected regions. WHO has already deployed assessment teams with 14 international experts and is deploying emergency health and trauma kits. WHO will call meeting of health cluster to coordinate the international response. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is procuring medical equipment for maternity care.

15. International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing transport support not only for cargo, but also for displaced people.

India - Jammu and Kashmir


16. The earthquake death toll has risen to at least 880, including 794 civilians and 86 soldiers in Indian Kashmir on 10 October.

National Response

17. The Joint Control Rooms have been established with civil administration and police at Srinagar, Baramullah and Uri.

18. The Army launched a large-scale relief and rescue operation - Operation Imdad - in aid of earthquake victims in Jammu and Kashmir. Army is providing relief in Uri, Rampur, Baramullah, Naogaon, Tanghdhar, Poonch and other areas. Civilians are being provided medical aid at Camps established in Uri and Poonch and other areas.

19. Donors and recipient agencies are encouraged to report all humanitarian funding and in-kind contributions for this emergency to the humanitarian Financial Tracking Service (,, to allow a complete picture of response to needs. Your input will be reflected in the next day's version. The Current contributions are found at the FTS list at:

20. OCHA will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

MAP: South Asia (Pakistan, India): Earthquake - Situation map (PDF format, 602 KB)

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