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Asia Earthquake

Asia Earthquake Relief

The Jewish Coalition for Asia Earthquake Relief was established to collect funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Pakistan on October 8th. Over $15,000 was raised, and was used to support the International Rescue Committee's provision of winterized family bedding kits for victims in Pakistan.


Crisis Summary

On Saturday morning, October 8th, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck northern Pakistan, approximately 60 miles northeast of Islamabad. The most severely affected areas were the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, northern Punjab, Pakistani Kashmir in Pakistan, and Indian Kashmir in India. Afghanistan also sustained damage and loss of life.

Reports indicated that over 85,000 were killed, many of whom were children. Up to five million people may have been displaced in all.

Strong and frequent aftershocks caused quake survivors to leave buildings and sleep outdoors, despite the cold. Early concerns were finding winterized tents to house the homeless and displaced, especially with the onslaught of the regions frigid winter.

While aid groups and the international community responded to calls for immediate assistance, there is still a need to reconstruct damaged infrastructure, including health and medical entities. Local and international NGOs and governmental agencies continue to address the needs of those affected by this quake, and it will be many years before lives of the victims are back to normal.



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