Support reaches 500 families affected by the Iran-Pakistan earthquake

Published: 3 May 2013 14:50 CET

By Sumitha Martin

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society has just completed a relief operation assisting 500 families affected by the Iran-Pakistan earthquake of 16 April.

The families, from three villages in the badly hit sub-district of Mashkeel, Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan, have been provided with non-food items such as tents, shelter repair kits, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and kitchen sets. The society also provided medicines for health facilities.

The families are among a total of about 5,000 families in Balochistan who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the Iran-Pakistan border. In Pakistan, approximately 31 people died, 1,560 were injured and 5,904 houses were damaged as a result. The epicenter of the quake was in Iran, 83km to the east of the city of Kash.

The affected communities are being supported by the government, as well as non-governmental organizations and other humanitarian actors.

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s relief operation was conducted over a period of five days and was completed on 1 May. The operation which followed a rapid assessment of needs on the ground as well as consultation with the authorities, was a small-scale effort undertaken at branch level, in view of the small size of the disaster.

According to information received from the local Red Crescent branch, some affected families have begun to rebuild their lives and damaged infrastructure. This is because a significant portion of communities possess a certain level of financial self-sufficiency by engaging in small business in the area.