Earthquake 2005

On October 8, 2005, a devastating earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan and Kashmir. The earthquake epicenter was located approximately 9 km north northeast of the city of Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani-administered part of Kashmir, known as Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).

According to the official sources, the death toll in the earthquake stood at 87,350 while more than 38,000 were injured and over 3.5 million rendered homeless. According to government figures, 19,000 children died in the earthquake, most of them in widespread collapses of school buildings. The earthquake affected more than 500,000 families. In addition, approximately 250,000 farm animals died due to collapse of stone barns, and more than 500,000 large animals required immediate shelter from the harsh winter.

The HAI-Pak responded to this catastrophe with all available men and material resources at its disposal and earned huge appreciation from various circles for the role it played in the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people.

A brief summary of the earthquake related activities of the HAI-Pak is as under: