Tragedy Strikes Again
Tuesday, October 11, 200580 Comments
Now, just as the post-tsunami restoration efforts have really started to take off, another tragedy has hit Asia, more specifically Islamabad, Pakistan, parts of Afghanistan and the northern part of India (Kashmir).
The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale. As of October 10, 2005, the death toll in Pakistan is at 42,000. Another 1,000 people are believed dead in India and one person is reported dead in Afghanistan. More people are being found under collapsed buildings and schools and almost five million people are predicted to be homeless and without any food or water. Many areas of Pakistan are virtually inaccessible at this point. In addition to the 42,000 confirmed dead, there are an estimated 50,000 more. If this is true, the death toll could be nearing the tsunami's death toll.
Despite differences with India, Pakistan has agreed to accept aid from India. India is sending about 25 tons of tents, blankets, plastic sheets, food and medicines. India also offered to send helicopters, but Pakistan refused. Chaos has been breaking out among the victims who are desperate for food and shelter. As the trucks are arriving with aid, men are fighting over supplies.
Pakistan has asked the United Nations to seek international aid. Organizations all over the world are already calling for donations for relief efforts due to this tragedy. Truckloads of food, water and medical supplies are being delivered to Pakistan. The United States is donating 50 million dollars to the relief efforts, while Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have both promised 100 million dollars each. The government of Thailand has pledged 100,000 dollars to assist the victims of the earthquake.