Islamabad’s Diary: Havoc

Islamabad, a new and modern city, survived the catastrophe to its full strength due to its modern and well-maintained standard of public structures, except for one odd accident at Margalla Towers. But the other cities did not have such luxuries and could not bear the brunt of the biggest earthquake in this region in a century.

Mansehra, a good-size city in the north-west frontier province is one of the worst hit areas, with its close neighbour Abbottabad and most of Kashmir. According to latest reports, Government fears that the current death toll of 1800 (of Pakistan) can go up to many thousands, due to inaccessibility in most of the worst hit areas. I haven’t heard about any land contacts to these areas, especially Azad Kashmir yet. Thousands are already injured and homeless at the start of a blunt chilly and cold winter in the mountainous northern areas. In Mansehra alone, almost 70% of the houses flattened/collapsed during this tragic event.

Ironically, I just came to know through a newspaper that Capital Development Authority (loosely translated to city government of Islamabad), the Government department which runs the affairs and manages things in capital territory of Islamabad had not issued a completion certificate to Margalla Towers yet.

To Government of Pakistan’s appeal for the help and technical assistance, teams from different countries, including Japan, China, Turkey and UK have flown in (and more are expected) and now are providing much-needed technical assistance. To my suprise, the Government doesn’t have even one crane specifically designed to lift the wreckage of such a magnitude as 10-stories tall Margalla Towers. Thousands of civilian are also involved in the volunteer work, but still most of areas are out of reach. Your moral, emotional, technical and financial help is more than required to bail out all these people from this unfortunate event. Thousands of children are still under wreckage of collapsed schools all over the area. There’s no hearing of break-through yet. Please help in as many ways as you can.

Tags: Earthquake, Pakistan

4 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on October 9th, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

    In a place where corruption and nepotism runs high and administration plans to fail, worse can happen. CDA is now saying that Margalla Towers was not built according to standards and it should be evacuated before. Hell.

  2. dane (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    i hope someone is trying to help those in muzaffarabad ,and where the school collapased.This is definitely Allah’s sign.

  3. yasir (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 8:43 pm

    Yes, everybody’s desperately trying to reach out the far away areas. We hope the bad situation doesn’t get worse because of thunderstorms and landslides in freezing weather.

  4. eman (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 2:02 am

    ALLAH help Pakistan–ameen

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