Pakistan: NDMA press briefing - Balochistan Earthquake (30 Oct 2008)

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1. 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. Another earthquake of 6.4 on Richter Scale struck the same place at 1732 hours on the same day.


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

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

DAMAGES/ LOSSES. 149 Deaths have been confirmed, toll likely to rise, however situation is likely to crystallise by today's evening. Over 370 injured. Approximately 2000 houses destroyed completely.


a. Population Affected - 35,600

b. Total Families - 4610

c. Dead - 149

d. Injured - 370


Villages Displaced Person
Toba Achakzai -
Wam Kotli 350-400
Verchum 1000-1500
Srakhezai 400-450
Kahan 500-575
Kawas 150-200
Killi Hoshab, Khanozi 500-575
G Total 2900-3375


- 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 heli-lifted 3 x medical teams in Ziarat which are operating there since yesterday. 1 x Field Hospital each are standby at Rawalpidi and Quetta. Army and CAF troops have been moved to the affected areas which have rescued the survivors and established 2 Relief Camps where at present over 300 x people have been accommodated.

- President and Prime Minister are being updated on regular basis about the relief activities. A coordination conference was held at 1100 hours in Ministry of Interior, which was chaired by Advisor to the PM on Interior. Following measures have been initiated so far:-

- PM advisor on interior Mr. Rehman A. Malik was briefed about the relief efforts. Following was decided:-

- NDMA will be the focal point for all activities related to this EQ

- USC was asked to provide 10000 food packs with stoves in the next two days

- Distribution of relief will be coordinated by ndma in consultation with the political leadership of Balochistan

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