Relief and rescue activities continue in areas affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Balochistan on 24 September. A map of the affected area is available here.
Authorities in Balochistan indicate the earthquake has caused 359 deaths, damaged 21,000 houses and affected over 300,000 people, though some local media reports indicate the death toll could be more than 1,000. The immediate needs of the affected people are food, water, non-food items, shelter and health care.
The Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has dispatched 13,840 tents, 13,322 food packets, 5,300 blankets, 1,700 plastic mats, 3,300 mosquito nets, 300 jerry cans and bottled water to the affected area. The Punjab PDMA has provided 5,000 tents, 400 blankets and miscellaneous food items. Military and paramilitary teams have provided 200 tents, 1,212 food packs, 300 mosquito tents and bottled water.
The National Disaster Management Authority has provided 7,000 tents and 7,000 food packs for the affected people in the hardest-hit Awaran and Kech districts. Other affected districts are Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar.
The provincial health department is providing health services through mobile health units. 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.
Security concerns remain in the affected area. Plans to conduct humanitarian and security assessments continue.
Flash Update #5 will be issued in the coming days.
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Additional information on the crisis is also available on the following websites:
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.