Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Balochistan, Pakistan
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Awaran and Kech district, a remote south-west province of Balochistan in Pakistan on 24th September, 2013.
Since right after the occurrence, AMDA headquarters has started the coordination with NRSP (National Rural Support Programme), our local partner in Pakistan.
NRSP, as one of the leading NGO in the country immediately communicated with government agencies, NGOs and other partners, and established a liaison office at Uthal, Lasbella district, and prepared its offices and team for assessment and relief activities. On the same day, NRSP team rushed to Awaran and UC Dandar, the most affected area to conduct rapid assessment.
According to initial assessment report of the team, the destruction caused total of 362 deaths (327 cases in Awaran and 35 in Kech) and a large number of injured persons wait to be treated. Nearly 90 percent of houses in Awaran district have been destroyed and basic infrastructure such as water and sanitation systems remain severely damaged.
NRSP continues to investigate the scale of damage in coordination with Local Support Organisation of Kech district however, the cut-off of communication system in the area cause delay such activities.
The assessment so far has made clear that the relief goods such as drinking water, food, medicine, tents, shelter box and hygiene kits are immediately needed for the survival of the affected.
In the meantime, AMDA headquarters has decided to dispatch an emergency relief team to conduct emergency relief missions with NRSP in order to flexibly respond to the needs of the affected people. AMDA Indonesia chapter also decided to send a doctor to the area.
A nurse from AMDA headquarters departs Japan for Karachi on 27th September, 2013 and joins the activities of NRSP, and a doctor from AMDA Indonesia is planning to join the relief activity.