Pakistan - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0032
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Pakistan - Earthquake
27 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.

3. Another earthquake of magnitude 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 (approximately 165,000 persons) has been sleeping outdoors in sub-zero temperatures in fear of subsequent aftershocks and tremors.

4. According to the District Authorities and local NGOs, the situation in Mansehra has been deteriorating with 1042 homes destroyed and 4638 damaged. The WHO reports that 2 health facilities were destroyed and 18 damaged. In addition, 11 educational institutions have been destroyed and 18 damaged. Approximately 20% of the drinking water wells have also been damaged.

5. 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.

National Response

6. Local rescue and relief teams have been providing assistance to the affected areas, however there is a need for additional tents, blankets and medicines. Local provincial authorities have appealed for further assistance through the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Islamabad. To date, the Government has dispatched 918 tents and 4100 blankets, though a shortfall of 1405 tents and 3500 blankets is envisaged.

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

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

Relief Aid
IFRC/Pakistan Red Crescent Society
34 tents, 300 blankets, 150 kerosene lamps, 50 kitchen sets, 400 pressure cookers and 20 sleeping bags
Plan Pakistan
200 tents
Commission of Afghan Refugees, Peshawar
200 tents, 1000 blankets

International Response

9. The Government of Pakistan welcomes international assistance for emergency relief aid in Mansehra and Battagram districts. The United Nations Resident Coordinator has made an appeal to the donor community in Islamabad. The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) estimates that an additional USD 87,350 is needed for remaining shelter supplies (tents/blankets) and USD 32,000 for medicines.

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

Relief Aid
USD 10,000 (through OCHA Emergency Grant) for provision of 75 tents and 425 blankets
USD 10,000 (Emergency Reserve Grant) for provision of 75 tents and 425 blankets
USD 50,000
10 tents, 2548 blankets, soap and water purification tablets for Mansehra
100 tents (handed-over to UNDP and distributed in Battagram by Islamic Relief-UK)
Church World Service
100 tents, 200 blankets, food kits for 100 vulnerable families
Saudi Relief Committee for Afghanistan
3500kg rice, 700 blankets, 700 pairs of clothing
Islamic Relief-UK
200 tents, 400 blankets
CHF 25,000 for rehabilitation in Mansehra District

11. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan and will revert with further information as required.

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

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