Balochistan Earthquake 2008
The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $1.5 million in emergency assistance in the aftermath of last week’s earthquake in Balochistan province in Pakistan. This brings the total USAID emergency assistance package to $2.5 million to date.
The International Committee of the Red Cross on Sunday appealed for 7.8 million dollars in emergency funding to help victims of the powerful earthquake that rocked southwest Pakistan this week.
The ICRC said that the money would be used to step up the relief effort being carried out by its teams and those from the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.
UNICEF is providing immediate lifesaving assistance to children and women affected by the earthquake that struck the southwestern province of Balochistan, Pakistan, on October 29, killing approximately 200 and affecting some 108,000 people—50 percent of which are children. Almost 19,000 of the affected are under five-years-old. The numbers are likely to increase with aftershocks and as relief teams gain access to more remote areas. On October 30, the Chief Minister of Balochistan appealed for international assistance to be provided to the earthquake victims.
The sweeping valley of Ziarat district in southwest Pakistan, hit this week by a powerful earthquake, is famous for its ancient juniper forests and orchards filled with golden and green apples.
But the 6.4-magnitude tremor that destroyed homes and killed up to 300 people also felled many trees, robbing local apple industry workers of their livelihoods at a time when the sought-after crop was nearly ripe for harvest.
An Islamic charity accused of terrorist links by the United States has pledged to build 1,000 temporary homes for survivors of the Pakistan earthquake, a move likely to expand the group’s influence in the impoverished region.
Authorities said Friday that the death toll would likely top 300 from the 6.4-magnitude quake that hit the mountainous area early on Wednesday, destroying 3,000 houses
and leaving some 15,000 people homeless.
The powerful earthquake which hit Balochistan in wee hours of Wednesday will not affect oil and gas reserves there, a senior geologist told The News.
The 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Ziarat division of Balochistan on October 29, 2008, has left 250 dead and more than 20,000 dispalced. Areas of Ziarat, Khawas, Varshoom are the worst affected areas where more than 300 houses have been destroyed completely and recovery of bodies and injured from the rubble is still underway.