Saturday, October 08, 2005

Pakistan, India, Afghanistan – Earthquake: OCHA Situation Report No. 2

This situation report is based on information from United Nations Resident Coordinator’s office in Islamabad, Delhi, Kabul and OCHA Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.


1.Strong tremors, recorded at the magnitude 7.4, were felt in northern Pakistan on 8 October 2005, rocking buildings in the capital Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar. There have been more than ten after shocks magnitude from 5.2 to 6.3. The Army and the state administration are conducting rescuer and relief operation.

2. Massive destruction has taken place in six northern districts of NWFP, five districts of Azad of Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) state, including Muzaffarabad. Most of the multi-story buildings and mud houses have collapsed with large-scale causalities and injuries. An eleven-story residential apartments building collapsed in Islamabad, and rescue operations are on going.


9. In Jammu Kashmir, India, 213 people have lost lives, including 16 army personnel. 385 people have been injured due to collapsing building walls in Paraypora, Poonch, Baramulla, Srinagar and Anantnag districts. Preliminary assessments state 963 buildings and houses were damaged.

10. According to the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in India (, the worst affected districts in Jammu and Kashmir due to impact of the high magnitude earthquake are districts of Poonch, Baramulla , Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban Kathus, Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Kupwara.


14. Tremors were also felt in Afghanistan. In Nangarhar and Jalalabad provinces, some minor residential mud-brick buildings were collapsed. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Jalalabad has reported at least one death. UNAMA is coordinating with UN Agencies and local government to assess damages and prepare a response.

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