This is the breaking news on CNN and BBC web sites.
I am from Islamabad. The origin was 100 km away from Islamabad. Some villages have been completely wiped out. Communication links with villages are broken as well.
In Islamabad, two residential towers, ten stories each, completely came down. We think atleast 1000 people are trapped under the debris.
Some children died/got injured in schools.
The earthquake struck at 8:50 AM. We have been having aftershocks since morning.
I was in bed - half asleep, half awake. So I under estimated the intensity and by the time I went outdoors it was over.
Lets hope and pray for the best.
Joined: Sep 12, 2003
We are still having aftershocks, atleast three were intense.
The last two were just within the last hour. One at 2:15 AM and the other one around 3:00 AM. Its Sunday here now.
The Margalla Towers building (atleast 10 stories) got buried under the ground. Unfortunately a friend had an apartment on the eighth floor. I used to be a regular visitor when we were in college and used to meet his parents. I am unable to contact him but someone told me that he was not in the building in the morning and is safe. Unfortunately his parents were in the building. I don�t think we can imagine what he must be going through. So many families and children were in these buildings. An eyewitness was telling me that major portions of the buildings got buried under the ground instead of collapsing.
It seems that they are not giving the correct figures on TV. There must be �hundreds� of people buried in the rubble and a reporter was telling that only one hundred were buried.
The villages have mud houses. Roads to cities are blocked. Phone lines aren�t working. There are no hospitals in villages.
From BBC: �More than 3,000 people are feared dead in the worst affected North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Kashmir. In one incident, 400 children were said to have died when two schools collapsed in NWFP.�
Rescue operations are way too slow. They don�t even have equipment to handle such disasters. The president�s and prime minister�s statements about quick operations are a total BS. The army started rescue operations atleast two hours after the earthquake. And they just cannot reach the villages. They can�t handle things property in Islamabad, how are they going to handle things in remote villages. People are extremely angry over the mismanagement of rescue work.
I have strong nerves. But I must admit that I am a little shaken but extremely angry inside. Its difficult to sleep at night. Atleast someone should be awake to wake others if things go wrong. I can�t lie on my bed. It feels as if it is moving, just as it was swinging yesterday morning.
This is the first major crisis in Pakistan in my lifetime. My family is safe. I am really depressed about my friend�s family and all the kids who died in schools.
Sameer, If there are still aftershocks being felt in delhi? I hope everything remains fine. I am so much worried for my parents who are in Delhi living in a multi-storeyed house. Talked to them yestarday, they were fine. I fear so much these multi-storeyed buildings.
I wish for the well beings of all.
Joined: Feb 16, 2001
Originally posted by Damanjit Kaur: Sameer, If there are still aftershocks being felt in delhi? I hope everything remains fine. I am so much worried for my parents who are in Delhi living in a multi-storeyed house. Talked to them yestarday, they were fine. I fear so much these multi-storeyed buildings.
I wish for the well beings of all.
I have felt no after shock in Delhi, there have been no damage reported in Delhi so far, nothing to worry.
I believe this is nature's way of taking revenge for the atrocities commited on it by man. Such natural calamities are only bound to increase in future.
Man has to pay a price !!!
Warm Regards, S.Iyer
Joined: Sep 12, 2003
Things are very bad here.
As of now the death toll is plus 42,000. But we believe that it is going to be much more, maybe around 80,000. Only time will tell the actual figure.
I would say that nothing happened in Islamabad as compared to what happened in the remote villages. Entire villages have been destroyed in NWFP (a province of Pakistan) and Kashmir.
What we are hearing from people coming from villages or those who went there to help is extremely painful. They found 200 schoolgirls, all dead, in the debris of their school in NWFP. Someone told us that seven of his family members died. He himself dug a grave and buried all of them in one grave. There was no one to help. I myself saw photographs of people being buried in mass graves.
Villages are completely deserted. There are only afew people left who are trying to find their relatives and bury them.
The worst thing is that the government did not realize what had happened in villages. And when they found out they were way too slow to take action. Lots of lives could be saved if they had mobilized the entire army and air force. Everyone here is angry at the way rescue operations are being carried out.
There is smell of death in villages. On top of this the weather is changing. It is getting cold and its also raining. You cannot really think of sanitation in such a situation. These conditions are perfect to give rise to diseases. The WHO has shown concern over this. So now I think, its time to get the people who are still alive out of villages. Otherwise they will die as well.
They have started carrying out rescue operations using helicopters. But still there are places where they have not reached. I heard last night that our shameless government has decided to move two divisions of army for rescue operations. Why only two? Why not all of them?
Everyone here is sad. I am seeing something here that I have never seen before and never expected. Our nation is getting united in a way and they are feeling pain. People have themselves started carrying out rescue operations. They have made small teams and are taking cooked/tinned food, packaged milk, candles/torches, clothes and digging/cutting tools to these villages.
Rescue teams from foreign countries have arrived as well. I thank everyone out there who is helping us. These teams with special skills to handle such disasters are of great help. [ October 11, 2005: Message edited by: Ahsan Saeed ]
Joined: Sep 12, 2003
This post is for Vikrama and anyone else who would like to donate.
Right now people in villages need basic stuff: cooked food, medicines, clothes, matchboxes, candles or torches/flashlights.
EDHI Welfare Trust is one organization you can blindly trust. I don�t think there is anyone in Pakistan who will not trust Mr. Edhi and his organization. Apart from this there is the Red Crescent Society, Ansar Burni Welfare Trust and others.
Apart from this the government has created relief funds. I will not recommend them. Help will never reach people who need it. I feel ashamed when I say this, but this is a fact. [ October 11, 2005: Message edited by: Ahsan Saeed ]
If you scroll down, you will see links of UNICEF, Red Cross, Oxfam etc. You can donate online.
As regards Edhi, I don�t think there is an online system. There have offices in various parts of the world. They might have an account for international donations. If I get documented information about it I will post it. But I think donating online to the above organizations would be easy.
Joined: Sep 02, 2001
This is a big grief. Very depressing and very sad.
Originally posted by Sonny Gill: My condolences to all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Ahsan, do you know the best way of sending a donation to EDHI? I could not find that on their website. Thanks.