This situation report is based on information
from United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Islamabad, Delhi,
Kabul and OCHA Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.
1.Strong tremors, recorded at the magnitude 7.4, were felt in northern Pakistan on 8 October 2005, rocking buildings in the capital Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar. There have been more than ten after shocks magnitude from 5.2 to 6.3. The Army and the state administration are conducting rescuer and relief operation.
2. Massive destruction has taken place in six northern districts of NWFP, five districts of Azad of Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) state, including Muzaffarabad. Most of the multi-story buildings and mud houses have collapsed with large-scale causalities and injuries. An eleven-story residential apartments building collapsed in Islamabad, and rescue operations are on going.
3. The Emergency Relief Cell, set up by the Cabinet Division is dispatching 12 truck loads of relief supplies, six each to NWFP and AJK. Further dispatches would be made based on the assessment from the affected district administrations. The Church World Service has dispatched 600 tents to the affected areas in Muree Hills. FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an Aga Khan NGO, has informed that their UK Chapter is dispatching search and rescue team, arriving on 9 October, with equipment to support rescue efforts in the seriously affected areas. The Government asked the UN Country Team to provide coordination support in collaboration with the federal authorities concerned.
4. In Islamabad, 10 Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulances were deployed to the collapsed apartment blocks. Volunteers have been mobilized to assist with rescue and relief work while a dozen PRCS paramedic staff members are providing medical assistance at the disaster site. The PRCS North West Frontier Province (NWFP) branch has dispatched two assessment teams which will cover various areas including Manshera, Swat and Batgram. An assessment team is being deployed from the national headquarters to go to Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
5. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is releasing CHF 30,000 (approximately USD 23,600) from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the assessment. This figure is expected to increase significantly in the coming hours.
6. OCHA is fielding an eight-member UNDAC team to support assessment and coordination work, in response to the request made by the Government. The team will arrive in Islamabad in the morning of 9 October.
7. The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) met on 8 October, attended by the UN Agencies and most of the International and national NGOs working in the field of humanitarian assistance. UNDMT constituted three UN Interagency rapid assessment teams; the first is led by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to be fielded to NWFP, the second by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to AJK and the third by INGOs Forum to the Northern Areas. The teams leave on 9 October. The Acting UNRC with few agency heads will meet government officials on 9 October to discuss further needs and modalities of cooperation in managing this emergency. UNDMT meeting is also scheduled for 9 October.
8. The needs highlighted by the Government for cooperation and support by the UN and Donor Community are in immediate relief response, search & rescue, and needs assessment.
9. In Jammu Kashmir, India, 213 people have lost lives, including 16 army personnel. 385 people have been injured due to collapsing building walls in Paraypora, Poonch, Baramulla, Srinagar and Anantnag districts. Preliminary assessments state 963 buildings and houses were damaged.
10. According to the UN Resident Coordinator's office in India (www.undp.org.in/dmweb), the worst affected districts in Jammu and Kashmir due to impact of the high magnitude earthquake are districts of Poonch, Baramulla , Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban Kathus, Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Kupwara.
11. The affected district administration are being assisted by the Army and Air Force to conduct rescue/search and relief operations in Uri, Tangdhar, Baramulla and Kupwara sector, while essential supplies, including power, water and telecommunication are being restored. Injured persons have been evacuated to Uri Field Hospital. Makeshift hospitals are set up and doctors were being flown to Uri to attend to the injured.
12. The Prime Minister of India is closely monitoring the situation and announced a grant of INR 1,000,000 (approximately USD 23,000) to victims and assured all possible central assistance to the state. The Home Secretary has taken stock of the situation with the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. Other Secretaries of Ministries/Departments have been requested to extend emergency support.
13. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) is gathering information on the situation. The national headquarters in Delhi is in contact with branches in the northeastern and northwestern areas. Decisions on the IRCS response will be made following a state ministerial meeting that took place earlier.
14. Tremors were also felt in Afghanistan. In Nangarhar and Jalalabad provinces, some minor residential mud-brick buildings were collapsed. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Jalalabad has reported at least one death. UNAMA is coordinating with UN Agencies and local government to assess damages and prepare a response.
15. The head of the IFRC delegation in Afghanistan is travelling to Badakhshan province (bordering northwest Pakistan) to conduct an assessment for potential support. The Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and the Afghanistan IFRC delegation are monitoring the situation and have deployed assessment teams to affected areas.
16. OCHA will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.
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