Saturday, October 08, 2005

DFA: No Filipino casualties in Pakistan quake

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said there were no reported Filipino casualties in Pakistan following the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the south Asian subcontinent Saturday. TV Patrol World quoted DFA spokesman Gilbert Asuque as saying that as of 8 p.m., none of the 394 confirmed killed in Pakistan were Filipinos. Asuque said they are coordinating with Pakistan officials for further information.

The earthquake struck at 0350 GMT (11:30 a.m. in Manila) and was centered about 95 km northeast of Pakistan's capital Islamabad. Officials said heavy damage was expected in northern Pakistan, but details were difficult to obtain because telephone lines were down and mobile networks overwhelmed. The first quake was followed by a series of four aftershocks of magnitudes between 5.4 and 5.9. They were felt across the subcontinent and shook buildings in the Afghan, Indian and Bangladeshi capitals, Kabul, New Delhi and Dhaka.

Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao told ARY One television he had reports that several villages had been entirely wiped out. More than 100 people were killed in one district of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province alone, police said. Damage was also heavy in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, residents said. Geo TV said 25 people had been killed in Pakistani Kashmir and about 30 in the Hazara area of North West Frontier Province. Scores of people were feared killed or trapped in two 12-storey apartment blocks reduced to rubble in Islamabad. Read More....

Source: ABS-CBN Interactive
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