The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is releasing an initial amount of 200,000 Swiss francs to support victims of a devastating earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) which struck the region bordering Pakistan, northern India and Afghanistan today. Thousands are feared dead and injured, trapped under rubble as aftershocks continued to shake cities and villages across the region. The epicenter was located in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) immediately dispatched three assessment missions in the early afternoon, local time, two to the north western frontier provinces and one to Pakistan-administered Kashmir to assess damages and the needs of victims.
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