If you can; Donate!
About a week ago, yet another major natural disaster struck upon us. A powerful earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Moment magnitude scale, struck in the bordering regions of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Thousands have already been killed, many more thousands are in desperate need of our immediate support!
The earthquake, which epicenter located near the city of Muzaffarabad, has caused widespread destruction to one of the poorest regions of the world. More than 55,000 have lost their lives, 70,000 have been injured and as many as 3,000,000 people have been left homeless after the regions biggest earthquake in a 100 years.
The earthquake caused widespread destruction in northern Pakistan, as well as damage in Afghanistan and northern India. The worst hit areas were Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), and western and southern parts of the Kashmir valley in the Indian-administered Kashmir. It also affected some parts of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the city of Karachi experienced a minor aftershock of magnitude 4.6.
Relief efforts in many remote villages are hampered, as roads are buried in rubble and many affected areas remain inaccessible. (...) In many areas there is no power, or adequate food or water; there is also the danger of disease spreading, including measles. Distributing relief supplies to the victims is especially urgent as the victims face the risk of exposure to cold weather due to the region's high altitude and the approaching winter. Food, medicine supplies, tents and blankets have been identified by relief workers as essential items. (...) The October 13, snow started to fall on the Indian side of Kashmir. Many regions are facing increasing threat of being cut off from help as snows will close even more roads in the mountainous region.
As you can imagine, the relief efforts required are tremendous. My guess is that the relief organizations can make good use of all the money the they can get their hands on, given that 2005 have been an extraordinarily harsh year when it comes natural disasters and events that require relief efforts. So I have a challenge for you. A rather simple one, though an utterly important one; Donate now!
I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as me
I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good
- on the 17th of October 2005 @ 17:38
- in World Wide Variety