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14 years of Kashmir earthquake that claimed over 88,000 lives on October 8

MIRPUR AJK:  It was October 8, 2005 when Pakistan was hit by one of the worst natural calamities that claimed more than 88 thousand lives and saw widespread destruction.

14 years ago, on this day, at 8:50 a.m., a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the earthquake epicenter was located approximately 19 km north northeast of the city of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).

Here’s report published by NDMA regarding damage 2005 earthquake brought to northern parts of Pakistan

Government’s official death toll as of November 2005 stood at 87,350, although it was estimated that the death toll could reach over 100,000.

Approximately 138,000 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.

October 2005 earthquake

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.

It is estimated that more than 780,000 buildings were either destroyed or damaged beyond repair, and many more were rendered unusable for extended periods of time.

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Out of these, approximately 17,000 school buildings and most major hospitals close to the epicenter were destroyed or severely damaged. Lifelines were adversely affected, especially the numerous vital roads and highways that were closed by landslides and bridge failures. Several areas remained cut off via land routes even three months after the main event.

Power, water supply, and telecommunication services were down for varying
lengths of time, although in most areas services were restored within a few weeks.

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the martyrs of the deadly earthquake of October 8, 2005.

Numerous memorial ceremonies are likely to be held in schools, colleges, private as well as government institutions of KP, AJK, Islamabad and other cities of the country to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the deadly earthquake.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.