Yesterday, we received an email from the NGO that established
the School for Iqbal. They told us the country is heartbroken over
the unimaginable deaths of a generation of children and families and
homes and villages and schools and hospitals. The whole world mourns
this tragic disaster. The damage and destruction is far North of the
School for Iqbal. Here are the Pakistani earthquake details
The "School for Iqbal" community in Pakistan and "The Kids' Campaign" urges
all to HELP
Pakistani earthquake victims
in big ways and small ways !!!!!!
Rescue Workers Rush to Help Pakistan's Earthquake Survivors
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, October 12, 2005 (ENS) - The United Nations Tuesday
launched a $272 million flash appeal to help Pakistan recover from
the 7.6 magnitude earthquake
Saturday morning that damaged large areas across northern Pakistan and caused
buildings in Islamabad to collapse. Survivors are increasingly desperate, many
injured and isolated in remote areas, living in the open in the freezing mountains.
The quake was centered 90 kilometers (55 miles) north-northeast of Islamabad
and was felt in India and Afghanistan.
Estimates of the death toll range from 40,000 to 23,000, one million others are
in acute need of life-saving assistance, 2.5 million have been left homeless,
and a total of four million people have been affected in some way.
Today at a press briefing in Islamabad, Director General Inter Services Public
Relations Major General Shaukat Sultan said 23,000 deaths have been confirmed
and the toll is expected to rise. There were 51,000 people injured in the quake,
He said 430 Pakistan soldiers have died in the quake, while more than 700 others
Some 50,000 troops as well as a large number of volunteers are conducting relief
and rescue operations, he said, adding that 850 rescue experts and 708 medical
staff from various countries are working in the damaged areas.
The World Health Organization's ( WHO ) initial assessment shows that health
facilities and health workers have suffered seriously in the earthquake. Help
is needed for emergency surgery and other care for injured people, WHO said.
" Hospitals and other health facilities have collapsed or been badly damaged," said
the world health body. "Many nurses, doctors and other health workers are
thought to have been killed or injured."
The government of Pakistan has appealed for surgical and other medical supplies,
as well as medicines and trained health workers to help in the immediate aid
WHO is also working to put in place a disease surveillance and early warning
system to ensure that any outbreaks of infectious disease are rapidly identified
and can be responded to rapidly.
The provision of safe food and water is an urgent priority, to prevent the emergence
and spread of diarrhoeal diseases among the people affected. Antibiotics will
also be essential to treat pneumonia - another major health risk. Continued treatment
for tuberculosis is also critical in order to avoid transmission of the disease.
Measles is known to be endemic in the affected area. WHO, together with the Ministry
of Health and UNICEF, is appealing for funds to provide both emergency and routine
immunization to protect children from this and other fatal or debilitating diseases.
Mental health services are also essential for people who have been through the
extreme trauma of this earthquake and aftershocks.
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