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
NOTE TO EDITOR:
PLEASE INCLUDE ISLAMIC RELIEF USA IN THE “WAYS TO HELP” SECTION OF
Islamic Relief is accepting donations on the Internet, via telephone, and
To donate, visit www.irw.org/asiaquake or call toll free at (888) 479-4968.
Our mailing address:
South Asia Earthquake Appeal
1919 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506