There was a devastating earthquake in the northern parts of Pakistan and India about 24 hours ago. The epicenter of the 7.6 intensity earthquake was about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Islamabad. Latest numbers are more than 18,000 killed and 40,000 wounded.
Pakistan says more than 18,000 have been killed by Saturday’s powerful earthquake that also hit northern India and Afghanistan.
The 7.6-magnitude quake, with an epicentre 80km (50 miles) north-east of Islamabad, flattened entire villages.
Another 40,000 people are believed to be injured, said military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan.
[…] The earthquake, which hit at 0350GMT on Saturday, was felt as far away as the Afghan capital, Kabul, and India’s capital, Delhi. Several aftershocks followed. It is thought to be the strongest earthquake to hit the region in a century.
In one incident, around 250 children were said to have died when two schools collapsed in the North-West Frontier Province’s Mansehra district. About 200 soldiers are also thought to have been killed by landslides and falling debris.
[…] The earthquake’s epicentre was close to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir. Rescue teams have reportedly been airlifted into the city.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said almost 50% of all homes in the area had been destroyed.
Landslides have blocked all access roads to the city, where there is no electricity and telephones.
[…] Indian officials reported nearly 300 deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir, among them 15 soldiers.
The town of Uri, close to the Line of Control that separates divided Kashmir, was worst hit, with 104 dead.
I have family and relatives in and around Islamabad. Fortunately, everyone seems to be okay.
UPDATE: Please consider donating to help the large number of victims of this earthquake. Here are some links:
- Edhi Foundation
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- Islamic Relief
- Mercy Corps
- ICNA Relief Helping Hand
- American Red Cross (donate to the International Response Fund)
- Canadian Red Cross
UPDATE III: My preferred charity in the list above is the Edhi Foundation. We finally got through to their New York office today (I guess they were closed over the weekend). If you are in the US, you can mail them a check at:
Earthquake Relief in Pakistan
Bilqis Edhi Relief Foundation
4207 National St
Corona, NY 11368-2444
They are a registered charity with a Tax ID of 11-345067. Their phone number is (718) 639-5120.
UPDATE V: E Mullah has Edhi Foundation’s New York bank information so that you can wire transfer any donations.