Pakistan: Humanitarian accountability in response to the Baluchistan earthquake

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Type: Natural Disaster - Earthquake

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 04:54:18 AM

Magnitude: 6.4

Location: Baluchistan province in south-western Pakistan

Epicenter: The epicenter of the quake was in Chiltan Mountains, 80 kilometers northwest of Quetta (capital of Baluchistan) aftershocks of 4.5 and more continue to occur.

Terrain: Harsh and inaccessible

Weather: Extreme

On November 1, current Government of Pakistan (GOP) figures and preliminary field assessments indicate the earthquake killed more than 160 individuals and injured approximately 500 others. Reports from media and civil organizations estimate that the death toll is 300 or more persons, with up to 1,000 individuals injured. ICRC has noted that the number of reported deaths may increase significantly as remote areas are reached. As data from rapid assessments becomes available, more comprehensive estimates of affected and displaced populations will emerge.