Situation Update: Death toll rises to 326 a day after deadly Earthquake strikes...

Situation Update: Death toll rises to 326 a day after deadly Earthquake strikes Pakistan and Afghanistan

The massive earthquake that struck at a frequency of 8.1 on the Richter scale shook Pakistan, Afghanistan, Northern India and Tajikistan on October 26, 2015 is said to be one of the strongest earthquakes to ever be experienced by these countries. According to the US Geological Service, the earthquake was 196 kilometers (121 miles) deep, and the epicenter was 82 kilometers southeast of Fayazabad, Afghanistan, in the district of Jurm, in the Hindu Kush mountain range.  The massive disaster has so far claimed 326 precious human lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan while more than 1,800 people are reportedly injured and counting as the reports are still arriving. The number of casualties is expected to increase since many of the affected areas are still cut off from any means of communication. Roads, mobile networks and basic infrastructure in many of the affected areas have been disrupted.

Pakistan: The Northern part of the country has been most affected by the earthquake. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) is the worst affected province in Pakistan where 252 human lives have been reported lost so far.

Affected Districts in KPK No. of Casualties
Shangla 48
Chitral 32
Bajaur 25
Lower Dir 22
Upper Dir 16
Lakki Marwat 22
Tor Ghar 19
Kohistan 11
Buner 9
Peshawar 4
Charsadda 3
Mardan 3
Nowshehra 2
Malakand 2
Swabi 2
Mansehra 1
Hangu 1

A total of 1,500 people have sustained injuries and more than 2,000 houses are reported as completely or partially damaged across the province. Thousands of the affected communities are spending their nights in the open grounds in near freezing temperatures and are reluctant to go back inside their homes in the fear of another earthquake and its aftershocks.

Afghanistan:  The epicenter of the 26th October earthquake was in the Badakhshan province in Northern Afghanistan. The region has been severely affected hit the devastating earthquake and has claimed a reported 115 human lives leaving 500 people injured so far.  The number of casualties is expected to rise as communication links with most of the affected areas are still cut off.

Affected Provinces in Afghanistan No. of Casualties
Kunar 20
Nangarhar 15
Badakhshan 12
Takhar 12
Laghman 5
Nuristan 5
Parwan 1

A reported 2,135 houses have been completely and partially damaged across the country.

Response by Community World Service Asia: Community World Service Asia has mobilized its emergency response teams for Rapid Needs Assessment in Shangla, Kohistan, Buner, Malakand and Swat in Pakistan and in Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar in Afghanistan.  This needs assessment is planned in close coordination with district authorities as well as with other relevant stakeholders to devise a coordinated response plan to assist the affected people. We are closely monitoring the situation and will plan a response based on the needs and gaps identified.

Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
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Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
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Nejabat Khan Safi
Associate Director
Disaster Management Program
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Palwashay Arbab
Head of Communications
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