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AmeriCares emergency response experts are planning relief shipments for Pakistan to help survivors of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that left at least 215 dead and scores of people injured. The shipment includes life-saving medicines and medical supplies. Additionally, water purification solution will help ensure safe drinking water is available to help those in need.
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Unfortunately, the death toll is likely to climb as rescuers sift through the rubble in search of survivors. The quake leveled thousands of mud and log homes in the region, leaving an estimated 20,000 people homeless.
After a 7.6-magnitude quake struck in 2005, AmeriCares implemented a successful massive response and recovery plan in the region. Our help included everything from emergency airlifts of medicines and medical supplies to support for rebuilding health care facilities. We also delivered, built and equipped a medical field hospital, which continues to treat patients today.
We recently received a gracious thank you from one of the communities affected by the 2005 quake.
“On behalf of the residents, I thank AmeriCares for helping us with relief and medical help when our region was hit by an earthquake in October 2005. We were displaced and AmeriCares gave us help for our rehabilitation efforts. Our community had many wounded and sick. Your medicines and medical hospital helped us provide critical treatment.
Thank you very much,
Saleem Khan Allai Village Pokal, Tehsel Allai District: Battagram, Hazara, Pakistan.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immediate health concerns after a disaster include: access to health services, lack of shelter to cold weather, access to safe food and water, and the risk of disease outbreaks, including measles and tetanus, in the region.
AmeriCares will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan to determine how we can provide additional assistance to people struggling in crisis.
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