BURBANK, California (October 8, 2005) – Over 3,000 people are feared dead in

a devastating earthquake thataffected people in Pakistan, India, and

Afghanistan. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and was

followed by strong aftershocks. The epicenter, located 50 miles northeast of

Islamabad, has wiped out several villages.

Islamic Relief has launched a worldwide $10 million appeal for emergency

disaster relief for earthquake victims. Of this, $4 million has already been

allocated for immediate relief projects.

The death toll included 250 girls who died when their school in northwestern

Pakistan collapsed. In another incident, 400 children were said to have died

when two schools collapsed in Northwest Frontier Province’s Mansehra

district. The earthquake was felt as far away as the Afghan capital, Kabul,

and India’s capital, Delhi.

Officials on the ground fear that the death toll could rise even further.

Islamic Relief’s Response

Islamic Relief has three full-time offices near the earthquake-affected areas

in Islamabad, Neelum Valley, and Muzaffarabad. Our staff is on the ground

conducting a needs-assessment. Islamic Relief staff in Pakistan are

participating in coordinating meetings with the United Nations, non-

governmental organizations (NGOs) on the ground, and government officials.

Islamic Relief’s office in Afghanistan is also conducting a needs-assessment.

Islamic Relief has already contacted major NGOs in the United States to

deliver in-kind aid for the victims of the earthquake.

Islamic Relief has over 20 years of experience in disaster relief, including the

recent Hurricane Katrina disaster, the food crisis in Niger and Mali in West

Africa, and the Asia tsunami.

Islamic Relief is urgently appealing for donations to help the victims of this

tragedy.

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Islamic Relief is accepting donations on the Internet, via telephone, and

postal mail.

To donate, visit www.irw.org/asiaquake or call toll free at (888) 479-4968.

Our mailing address:

Islamic Relief

South Asia Earthquake Appeal

1919 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91506

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