Pakistan - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0026

OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Pakistan - Earthquake
23 February 2004

This situation report is based on information received from the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan.


1. An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) on Saturday 14 February at approximately 1530 local time (1030 GMT), some 125 miles northeast of Peshawar, centring in the districts of Mansehra and Battagram. An aftershock measuring 5.5 occurred 90 minutes later in the same area. The tremors were felt in most major cities in northern Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad, though no damage was reported. The earthquake led to the toppling of walls and triggered landslides.

2. According to local authorities 24 persons have been killed, while more than 63 persons injured. In Battagram, a landslide caused by the earthquake, killed 13 persons. Kohistan and Bisham districts have also reported deaths.

3. Another earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale was felt on Sunday 22 February at 1304 (0804 GMT). The epicenter of the earthquake is reported to be 125 miles northeast of Peshawar in NWFP. There are no reports of additional casualties, however, homes and buildings have sustained further damage, rendering most uninhabitable. According to local authorities, the affected population has been sleeping outdoors in sub-zero temperatures in fear of subsequent aftershocks and tremors.

4. The NGO, Islamic Relief-UK fielded an assessment mission to Battagram district and reports 355 homes completely destroyed and 705 homes partially damaged but are no longer fit for habitation. In Mansehra, 1557 homes have been badly damaged, of which 109 homes were destroyed.

National Response

5. Local rescue and relief teams have been providing assistance to the affected areas, however there is a need for additional tents and blankets. Local provincial authorities have appealed for further assistance through the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Islamabad. To date, the Government has dispatched 718 tents and 3100 blankets, though a shortfall of 250 tents and 3500 tents is envisaged.

6. The Provincial Government has announced compensation of Pakistani Rupees 100,000 for a deceased family member and Rupees 20,000 for every injured person.

7. To date, national/local agencies have provided the following assistance:

  • Plan Pakistan: 200 tents.
  • IFRC/Pakistan Red Crescent Society: 34 tents, 300 blankets, 150 kerosene lamps, 50 kitchen sets and 20 sleeping bags.
  • Commission of Afghan Refugees, Peshawar: 200 tents and 1000 blankets.
International Response

8. An allocation of USD 10,000 from the Government of Norway Emergency Grant and USD 10,000 from OCHA Emergency Reserve Grant were approved on 23 February for the purchase of urgently needed tents and blankets.

9. The following assistance has been provided by international agencies:

  • UNICEF: 10 tents, 48 blankets, soap and water purification tablets.
  • Church World Service: 100 tents, 200 blankets, food kits for 100 vulnerable families.
  • Saudi Relief Committee of Afghanistan: 3500kg rice, 700 blankets and 700 pairs of clothing.
  • Islamic Relief-UK: 200 tents, 400 blankets.
  • SDC: CHF 25,000 grant for relief items.
10. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan and will revert with further information as required.

11. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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