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Pakistan: NDMA press briefing - Balochistan Earthquake (29 Oct 2008)

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SCALE OF EARTHQUAKE

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on Richter Scale struck area approximately 70 KMs north/ north-east of Quetta, Balochistan at approximately 0430 hours on 29 October 2008

AREA AFFECTED

- Severe. District Ziarat (Village Wachan Kawas & adjacent localities)

- Moderate. District Pishin (Village Toba Achakzai & adjacent localities)

DAMAGES/ LOSSES. 115 Deaths since confirmed, toll likely to rise. Over 250 injured. Approximately 2,000 houses destroyed completely.

RELIEF & RECOVERY

- NDMA coordinated the relief activities with local civil and military authorities.

- Response by Local Civil & Military Authorities. Immediate response mounted by local civil and military authorities. Headquarters 12 Corps medical teams heli-lifted in early hours have commenced work in Ziarat. FC troops have been moved to the affected areas. Details of the effort are as appended:-

Serial District Force Approximate Strength
(1) Ziarat Ghazaband Scouts
Loralai Scouts
1 x Wing (300 all ranks)
(2) Pishin Pishin Scouts
Bolan Scouts
1 x Company (100 all ranks)

OTHER DETAILS

President and Prime Minister were informed about the turmoil early morning. They directed expediting relief activities further. Following measures have been initiated so far:-

- 1x Field Hospital is being airlifted by C-130 from Rawalpindi. One military field hospital is standby in Quetta for deployment.

- 2000 Tents have been released from COD Quetta to civil/ military authorities for immediate delivery in affected areas. Despatched by read and helicopters.

- In addition 5,000 Blankets, 5,000 Jackets, 2,000 Tents and 4,000 Plastic Mats ex ERC stock are being despatched from Karachi/ Islamabad by C-130 and road.

- Overall 12x helicopters are taking part in the relief activities.

- Additional C-130s are standby to meet any eventuality.

Constant liaison with military authorities and civil administration. Situation being continuously monitored.