South Asia Earthquake 2005
At 8:50 a.m., on October 8, 2005 a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale tore through Pakistan with areas in Afghanistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir also being badly affected. The epicenter was at Muzaffarabad and the city stands devastated. According to reports from across the region, entire villages have been wiped out.
The worst affected villages are Balakot and Gari Habibullah in the Mansehra district. The remote mountainous region of Pakistan, hit hardest by the earthquake, has a rugged environment and lack of accessible hospitals and roads make relief work difficult. Where roads did exist, triggered landslides have blocked rescuers from reaching many. So far relief efforts are being led by helicopters to transport the most wounded and to deliver aid.
Villagers have been pulling debris from collapsed schools and mud-brick homes with their bare hands, desperate to find survivors. Many people, over the weekend, spent their nights outside in freezing temperatures after their homes were destroyed. A series of aftershocks occurred, one of which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.
This disaster is by far the biggest in its magnitude and scale witnessed in Pakistan’s history. Now with rain, hail and winter temperatures dropping in the region, the death toll of those affected by the earthquake is expected to rise.
For current information on the earthquake and images, please click on:
1) Geo TV – The No. 1 Pakistani News and Entertainment TV Channel.
2) Dawn – The Internet Edition of Dawn, a leading daily English newspaper of Pakistan.