Islamic Relief responds to Iran/Pakistan earthquake
The epicentre of the quake was in a sparsely populated part of south-eastern Iran, near the border with Pakistan. But the worst damage was caused on the Pakistani side of the border, which is where Islamic Relief is focusing its response.
At least 35 people lost their lives in the earthquake, and over 180 people were injured.
After an immediate assessment of the damage, Islamic Relief dispatched 375 family-sized tents and 500 kits that provide a family with essential household and kitchen items, such as pots and pans, cutlery, blankets and mattresses.
Islamic Relief’s assessment team has visited ten villages that were heavily affected, in Sotagan, Ladghast and Mashkel Tehsil. In these areas 85% of families have been affected in some way and half have seen their homes completely destroyed.
Islamic Relief Pakistan staff regularly work near the affected region in Pakistan, which allowed for a swift response.
Islamic Relief has been working in Pakistan since 1992, and is the only international aid agency to be granted permission by the government to provide emergency assistance in the affected area.