Pakistan

Earthquake strikes Pakistan at start of Fall 2019

On Sept. 24, 2019, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Mirpur district in southern Azad Jammu and Kashmir Territory. And days later, severe aftershocks continue to rock the area, making a bad situation even worse. More than 39 people have died, and some 746 injured—however these figures are likely to rise.

As Islamic Relief teams on the ground work diligently to get to survivors, they tell us to anticipate that more and more families will need your urgent aid.

They need your help. Please give what you can to IRUSA’s Pakistan Humanitarian Aid fund so that we can provide emergency aid to our sisters and brothers in their time of need.

We will update this page as we get more information—please stay tuned.

Background

Numerous natural and man-made disasters have hampered Pakistan’s efforts to improve residents’ economic situations and quality of life. Pakistan’s poverty rate has dropped significantly over more than a decade; in 2015, the United Nations reported that 12.7% of the population was living on less than $1.25 a day. Other indicators of quality of life, however—such as unemployment and malnutrition—are improving much more slowly. Drought, earthquake, devastating floods and conflicts have all strained the economy and many families’ livelihood in recent years.

Islamic Relief is proud to have been providing services in Pakistan since 1992. Islamic Relief Pakistan opened its first office in Islamabad in 1994 and now works from multiple offices across the country.

In July 2019,  IRUSA rushed aid to monsoon flooding and landslide survivors in Pakistan and other South Asian countries. This emergency response is just one of the many humanitarian interventions that IRUSA is proud to support in Pakistan, ranging from direct food aid to blindness prevention programs to orphans sponsorship. For more details, click the Asia Donor Report PDF icon on this page.

Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Pakistan fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Pakistani refugees in other countries.

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