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Monday, October 7, 2013

Responding in the aftermath of two killer earthquakes in Pakistan


Within minutes of the massive earthquake, a large area of southwestern Pakistan’s Balochistan region lay in ruin.

Unbelievably, four days later another earthquake, nearly as massive as the first, demolished what little remained of people’s lives. Officials estimate that as many as 300,000 people are affected by the two killer earthquakes.

The people of Balochistan are bracing for more heartache.  The death toll, already estimated at over 800 already, is expected to rise sharply as more bodies are recovered from the rubble that used to be people’s homes.

Already working in the region, we responded immediately...

Within hours of the first earthquake, we began transporting large quantities of urgently needed medical supplies and equipment – enough to fill a massive ocean-going shipping container – to the areas hardest hit and reachable. Additional medical supplies have been sent to hospitals in Quetta, Balochistan’s capital city, where many of the most severely injured survivors are being treated.

An emergency gift today will help us continue to ensure that survivors don’t become victims in the aftermath of these two killer earthquakes...

The destruction is massive. Communities, like Nokjo for example, have been nearly completely flattened. Nokjo’s entire population of 15,000 people now have nothing but what they can scavenge from the ruins of their community. 

Having survived the earthquakes is no guarantee of continued survival.

As we expand our emergency work one of our biggest concerns is for the 2,000 pregnant women we’ve identified so far. They are in desperate need of the medical supplies and equipment you can help us provide.

An emergency gift of $50, or as much as you can given the massive need, will enable us to provide more medical supplies and equipment, as well as other urgently needed help that will ensure that survivors, already severely traumatized, do not become victims in the coming days and weeks.