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Pakistan: Baluchistan earthquakes met with immediate humanitarian response
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Jason A. Smith
October 29, 2008

A series of strong earthquakes shook western Pakistan in the early morning hours of October 29, killing more than 160 people, leveling thousands of homes and displacing more than 17,000 people, according to early reports.

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Survivors sit outside their collapsed house after an earthquake in the province of Baluchistan, Pakistan on October 29, 2019. (REUTERS/Rizwan Saeed/courtesy www.alertnet.org)

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) responded immediately following the earthquakes, dispatching four highly trained disaster assessment teams to affected communities. Emergency supplies including tents, blankets, plastic sheeting, and coal burning stoves for 300 families have been sent to the area, as have two mobile health teams. These teams include doctors, specialists, and Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers.

Additional team members from the PRCS and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Pakistan will travel to Baluchistan on October 30. According to Ilyas Khan, PRCS Secretary General, "National Disaster Response Teams have been alerted and are ready for deployment."

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has two teams on the ground, who are assessing needs and the situation. They say many residents will spend the night outdoors in the cold because they are frightened by the continuing aftershocks. The ICRC will also send medical kits to the region and a surgical and medical team will fly from Peshawar on Thursday.

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Residents gather around the rubble of a collapsed house after a series of strong earthquakes shook western Pakistan in the early morning hours of October 29. (REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai/courtesy www.alertnet.org)

The PRCS, the IFRC, and the ICRC are coordinating their efforts to ensure that the humanitarian needs of those impacted by these earthquakes are addressed quickly and effectively.

You can help those affected by this crisis and countless others around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation by either contacting 1-800-HELP NOW or mailing your donation, with the designation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C.20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

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