Current situation after quake

It has been just over 32 hours since the earthquake struck and the death toll is still rising. The last count was over 19,000 dead and over 42,000 injured. Aftershocks had stopped after the early morning ones, but they have returned in groups of 3 or 4, separated only by minutes. There were quite a few very long ones this afternoon.

Though most of the images on TV show the single apartment block in Islamabad, virtually all the damage was done in the mountainous region north of here. There are reports of mudslides there and there isn’t much aid getting through due to blocked roads and bad terrain. Last night’s thunderstorm and rain didn’t help either. All this would make it very difficult to get accurate casualty and death figures.

At the time of the quake and for a while after it, things didn’t look nearly as bad. There weren’t even any reports of any structural damage, let alone collapses and deaths. It was only much later that the actual realization came through.

My friends and I, as a lot of other people, really want to help out with the rescue effort, but there doesn’t seem to be much we can do on the ground right now. Without the right expertise, resources and planning, it might actually hinder the rescue effort instead of helping it. Since most of the rescue work is currently only possible by air, driving upto such a place would only cause problems such as road blocks.

In the meantime, we have decided to do whatever we can using our current skillsets. I was searching for a central website which might accept donations online, but did not find any and it is one area I can work on. We should have something running soon.

Here are a few links which might help those wanting to make donations:

http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.asp?c=iuI1LdP0G&b=45523
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc102?OpenForm
http://donate.wvus.org/OA_HTML/xxwvibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=10025&item=4

4 thoughts on “Current situation after quake

  1. I’m at Margalla Towers right now and posting from my phone. Work is continuing at full pace and it seems they’ve just reached another survivor.
    Lots of people, vehicles and machinery are gathered here, helping out with the effort. I’ll post pictures later.

  2. Glad you and your folks are ok, Sajjad, I was rather worried because the media over here do make it look like Islamabad was hit just as hard as the mountains. What an awful thing to happen. Best wishes from Germany.

  3. AOA,
    Good to hear that you are ok.

    Here are some links to places where people can donate. A lot of them accept donations through credit card and PayPal.

    Edhi
    http://pakistan.wikicities.com/wiki/Edhi_Foundation#Australia


    President fund, accepts paypal(credit cards)
    http://akhbar.urdupoint.com/khas/charity_projects/quake/


    https://remit.ublny.com/ can be used to send donations
    to Mir Khalil UR
    Rehman Foundation – MKRF using the following

    MKRF – Pakistan Earthquake Relief Fund
    A/C: 0102598-5
    Branch Code: 1234
    Branch Name: Al Rehman Branch
    Address: I.I Chundrigar Rd.

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    ICNA relief can be also used to send donations.
    http://reliefonline.org/
    Tax exempt id is available if donated through ICNA
    relief.

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    Ummah Welfare Trust UK (Credit Cards)
    http://www.uwt.org/

    Hidaya is also a trusted way to donate. Tax-exempt
    donations can be made online.
    http://hidaya.org/


    Muslim Aid (credit cards)
    http://www.muslimaid.org/


    Muslim Hands (Credit cards)
    http://www.muslimhands.org/Site/Pages/Appeals/PakistanKashmirEarthquake

  4. Hello,

    Sajjad Zaidi,

    This is Dr. Ali Warsi from Karachi who met you in Muzafarabad with a Medical Team. We like your work very much and you have done tremendous job by producing your report on WEB. I will be very grateful to you if you add our report in it. Please contact me on my Cell No.0333-2347884 and send me SMS on it.

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