Humanitarian partners are supporting Government authorities to provide assistance to people affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Balochistan on 24 September.
The Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reports the earthquake has caused at least 348 deaths and affected over 300,000 people. Awaran and Kech districts have been hit the hardest, with 21,000 houses reportedly damaged and the communication system disrupted in the remote and sparsely populated area.
Other affected districts are Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar. The immediate needs of the affected people are food, non-food items, shelter and health care.
The military and local authorities continue rescue and relief activities in the affected region. The PDMA has dispatched 2,600 tents, 1,700 food packets, 300 blankets, 1,700 plastic mats, 300 mosquito nets and 300 jerry cans to the affected area. The provincial health department is providing health services through mobile health units.
The National Disaster Management Authority has provided 5,000 tents and 7,000 food packs for the affected people in Awaran and Kech districts.
WHO has provided kits for the delivery of emergency primary health care services to more than 100,000 people, while WFP has arranged for the delivery of high-energy biscuits to the affected people.
Various security incidents have been reported in the affected area. Plans to conduct humanitarian and security assessments are under way.
Flash Update #4 will be issued tomorrow, 27 September 2013.
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