Sources recently confirmed that more than 350 people have died in the recent earthquake in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province. Over 600 people sustained injuries, while nearly 300,000 people have been affected across the six districts of Awaran, Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghai, and Khuzdar. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) shares an estimated 21,000 houses have been damaged.
In Awaran District, there is limited communication and severe loss of road infrastructure. This has posed difficulty in accessing many rural areas. “People are still trapped under the rubble, but it will take time to reach and rescue all the people,” said, Ahmad Nawaz from the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem, Chairman at the NDMA, said, “It is difficult to estimate the real magnitude of losses because the area is very vast with small and scattered villages. We will receive satellite images tonight and then we will be in a position to analyze the magnitude of the losses.”
At present, the army is continuing with its rescue efforts and has supplied medical staff, medicines, and food. With significant challenges in accessibility, the authorities have prioritized finding injured people and ensuring they receive medical attention. Sources from the NDMA confirm that 5,000 tents have been sent to Balochistan’s PDMA from strategically located reserves in Karachi. Additionally, 7,000 food packages have been dispatched to the affected people in the districts of Awaran and Kech. In the districts of Khuzdar and Bela, operating bases are being established for logistical support and the provision of essential supplies that include food and non-food items.
CWS-P/A quickly initiated contact with local partners in the area and is continuously assessing the situation. The emergency response team is on standby but at this point, with the initial situation assessment, CWS-P/A is not planning a direct response. However, the situation will be closely monitored and shall act accordingly.