Health Services to Victims of Balochistan Earthquake 2008
A strong earthquake jolted Balochistan on 29th October 2008. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was in Chiltan Mountains 80 kilometers northwest of Quetta. The quake was followed by several slight aftershocks during the next day. The cities and towns struck by the tremor included Ziarat, Pishin, Harnai, Qila Abdullah, Chaman, Loralai, Sibbi and Mastung, rural areas all lying close to Balochistan's border with Afghanistan. According to the initial reports approximately 300 people were killed and more than 800 people were injured. There was another strong aftershock on October 29, 2008 in the evening with a magnitude of 6.2 on Richter scale causing more damages to in the affected districts. More than 40000 people were left homeless only in two union councils of district Ziarat.
Right after the earthquake and based on its assessment report, Relief International mobilized resources for its emergency response. Relief International started its mobile health clinics in collaboration with one of its BRDN member organization (Taraqee Foundation) in district Ziarat and provided heath services to the affected in collaboration with the district Government. RI also coordinated with UNICEF and UNHCR and got material assistance from both UN agencies for the earth quake affectees. Both UNHCR and UNICEF handed over various items to RI, including tents, water bladders, blankets and other materials, which were distributed to the earthquake affectees of districts Ziarat, Pishin and Harnai.
With support from USAID/OFDA 530 rolls of Plastic sheets for flooring and canvass insulation purpose were provided to the earthquake affectees
Provided 208 cartons of Water Purification Sachets (PuR) with support from AmeriCares to the 208 affected families.
Winter kits including woolen sweaters, male and female shawls, caps, socks, tights and hi-neck sweaters for children were provided to 343 families in 13 villages of the 4 UCs of 2 districts.