Nature’s wrath taints an October in blood again

Severe economic crunch; continuing political instability; rapidly deteriorating security situation; crisis after crisis and now, the nature does not seem to be forgiving of Pakistan’s plight as well. A powerful earthquake of 6.4 magnitude has stricken parts of Baluchistan province killing about 200 people and injuring thousands across the region according to GEO TV.

Earthquake's Devastating After-effects

 Devastating after-effectsImage Source: BBC News

Rescue efforts have been initiated to save as many people trapped under the debris and landslides as possible with Pakistan Army taking the lead. Powerful aftershocks are being felt around Quetta, and the epicentre in Ziarat Valley, which also happens to be the most picturesque of all places in the province.

Epicentre of Baluchistan Earthquake

Epicentre of Baluchistan Earthquake – Source: BBC News

All this reminds me of the same month four years back, in 2005 when Kashmir was devastated by an even stronger earthquake. Again, it is time for us to hold hands in solidarity and extend support, help and relief to our already deprived Balochi brethren.

Please try to reach out to organizations planning or working to get some relief goods to the affected region. We’ll update you with any details that we can possibly collect on rescue efforts.

Further Updates: IMB, Pakistaniat

5 Comments so far

  1. tperacha on October 30th, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

    Hassan, if possible, please post link of some of the organizations that are collecting funds online. Thanks.

  2. wkhang on October 30th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm
  3. tperacha on October 30th, 2008 @ 9:49 pm
  4. mozang bijjli (gadhishahu) on October 31st, 2008 @ 8:58 am

    It is very unfortunate what happened in Balochistan, I could feel the cold in my spine when I saw little children under sky at the sub zero temperatures. But there is nothing much we can do against natural disasters, we can be prepared for meeting them but one can not altogether avoid them.
    It reminds me of the things that can be avoided, thousand deaths that could be done without but are happening because no one care about poor dying. Apparently it is an issue in lahore these days.
    I hope LMB will do a post on the deaths due to doctor’s negligence, and their arrogant and defiance at the govt’s attempt to bring some order among their files.
    My friends who were studying medicine used to take life as a valueless thing saying that the more people u kill more expert a doctor you become. We have uproot and correct this wrong psychology of our physicians.

  5. wkhang on October 31st, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

    10 KAROR US DOLLARS annunced by Saudi King for earthquake victems,
    if we use it properly each of earthquake family can get an house, I am talking here only Saudi Fund not any other…

    If Government can give this money to Bahria Town Management they can build a whole new city for brothers and sisters who are in nead,

    I hope these all conutries who are giving us this money they will fallowup and keep asking reports later on about this money ?

    Can anyone ask Mr. Zardery that how much he is giving money to Pakistan ?

    May Allah give them strength to cope with this situation, amin

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