Afghanistan / Pakistan: Earthquake injures over 2000 people

Publié: 28 octobre 2015

Islamabad/Kabul/Geneva (ICRC-IFRC) – – Afghan and Pakistan Red Crescent Societies are helping people affected by Monday’s M7.5 earthquake whose epicentre was in Jerm district in the Afghan province of Badakhshan close to the border with Pakistan. Shockwaves were felt throughout the region.

The earthquake claimed at least 77 lives in Afghanistan and over 200 in neighbouring Pakistan. More than 2,000 have been injured. “The death toll is expected to rise,” said Nangyalay Yousufzai, the head of the Nangarhar branch of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, speaking from the area affected by the quake.

Following the quake, the Afghan Red Crescent deployed about 200 volunteers and staff to the affected areas to provide emergency relief, conduct assessments of the needs and assist with blood donation services. Emergency response teams are mobilized for search and rescue.

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society also immediately deployed to carry out relief activities. Emergency medical material to treat more than 350 patients has been delivered to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and District Headquarters Hospital Swat.

Both emergency response teams are actively involved in tending to those wounded and providing basic assistance to the most affected people. It will take several days to have a clear picture of the extent of the damages as many areas are covered by snow and many roads are still blocked due to landslides.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) are supporting the Red Crescent societies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In addition, the ICRC has launched the online tracing site with the aim to help those separated by the earthquake to reconnect with each other: http://familylinks.icrc.org/Pakistan-Afghanistan-Earthquake/. Currently in English, the service will soon be available in Urdu. People affected by the earthquake, or their family and friends, are encouraged to register and disclose their status as “Alive” or “Missing”.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Sadaqat, Afghanistan Red Crescent Society, tel: +93 78 448 0300   +93 78 448 0300 +93 78 448 0300 93 78 448 0300

Mr Kalantary, Afghanistan Red Crescent Society, tel: + 93 77 771 5114 + 93 77 771 5114+ 93 77 771 5114 93 77 771 5114

Mr. Khalid Bin Majid, Pakistan Red Crescent Society, tel: +92 345 556 7881 +92 345 556 7881+92 345 556 7881 92 345 556 7881

Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, IFRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 213 24 13 +41 79 213 24 13+41 79 213 24 13 41 79 213 24 13

Neha Thakkar, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 3160 +41 22 730 3160+41 22 730 3160 41 22 730 3160




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