Powerful 7.5 Earthquake hits Afghanistan and Pakistan – death toll over 380
Early Monday morning, news broke of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan causing massive destruction across the northern provinces, killing hundreds. The death toll is currently approaching 400, with over 2,000 injured, but these numbers are expected to rise as the situation becomes fully realized. An Afghani public health advisor is quoted as saying, “We believe the exact numbers are much higher because not all people bring the bodies to the hospitals, so there are many that are not being counted. And there are still areas we don't have access to so we are not aware of the situation there”. The areas that have yet been accessed include many rural regions of north Pakistan where the effects of the quake are expected to be more severe.
The majority of the deaths were suffered from falling debris, collapsing structures, and mudslides. In the Takhar province of Afghanistan, it was reported that 12 girls were trampled to death in an attempt to escape a shaking school building. Many survivors were faced with a choice of sleeping outside in near freezing temperatures, or staying indoors risking the danger of an aftershock. The Pakistani government is responding with aid and manpower to assist the wounded and lead rescue efforts for those yet to be accounted for. Call of Hope workers have been providing help and hope in Pakistan for decades, yet today, they need our help and the love of Christ more than ever.
Call of Hope Responds by Providing Aid and the Love of Christ to Earthquake Victims
Call of Hope’s Pakistan local team comprised of 2 doctors, 4 nurses, 10 administrative staff members and approximately 50 volunteers will reach Shangla, the most seriously affected district in the Malakand Division. Most of the earthquake victims in this area come from poor families whose roughshod buildings were no match for the power of the earthquake. In a matter of moments, old mud-houses were destroyed and rickety structures were reduced to ruble, leaving survivors with wounds, grieving hearts, and limited food and shelter. Frontline Workers are responding to the needs of those who have been most significantly affected by providing necessities such as food, medicine, blankets and water. By meeting the immediate needs of the people of Pakistan, frontline workers are sharing the love of Jesus with victims desperately seeking answers.
As the nation of Pakistan recovers from this tragedy, please keep the families of these victims in your prayers. As Call of Hope workers respond to this crisis, please also pray for their safety and that the love of Christ would be clearly displayed through the actions of the local team. If you would like to get involved in bringing hope and healing to Pakistan, please consider giving a gift today.