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Baluchestan earthquake OCHA Flash Update no. 1, 16 April 2013

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Iran

An earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred in Sistan and Baluchestan Province in South-eastern in Iran, near the city of Khash (86 Km), 78 Km from the border with Pakistan, on 16 April 2013 at 10:44:13 UTC (03:44:13 PM at epicentre).

There are so far no official reports on the impact but various media outlets have reported up to 40 deaths (according to Iran State TV).

The Deputy Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has declared the state of emergency in the quake-hit region of the Province.

The IRCS has announced it has dispatched 4 helicopters, 10 urban search and rescue teams from Zahedan (provincial capital city), while 32 Rescue teams have been sent from 8 Auxiliary Provinces, 17 sniffer dog teams are also involved.

The Head of the provincial Emergency Centre and University hospitals in Zahedan has announced that 40 Ambulances and one ICU bus with operation capacity have been sent to the affected area.

The Deputy of the National Emergency Centre said the EQ epicentre was in a remote area with low population density. Houses in the rural parts of the Province are traditionally made of mud brick, which can easily crumble in a quake.

Pakistan

The earthquake measured 5.4 in Pakistan, with shocks felt as far as New Delhi. The Baluchestan Province seems to be the worst affected area but reports of injuries from Karachi Province have also been received.

According to the latest media reports, 34 people were killed and some 80 people have been injured in Mashkail. 1,000 houses have collapsed in Washuk district.

The Pakistan Army has sent helicopters, doctors, medical supplies, tents and other relief items to the affected area. The Frontier Corps will coordinate the overall rescue and relief efforts. According to media reports, some Frontier Corps installations have also been affected.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has announced that a helicopter has been sent for aerial visit/assessment. The remoteness of the affected area means that teams will take time to reach the ground.

OCHA is following up the situation through its Virtual On-site Operations Coordination Centre, VOSOCC (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, GDACS).

OCHA will issue a Situation Report if required.

Contact information:
OCHA Coordination and Response Division,
New York: Jordi Casafont Torra Mobile: +1 917 208 4401; Office: +1 212 963 1904
OCHA Coordination and Response Division,
Geneva: Anvar Munavvarov Mobile: + 41 79 441 2993; Office: + 41 22 917 14 89

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