Earthquake Numbers – A Year Later

Posted on October 7, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Disasters
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Adil Najam

This post comes live at exactly 8:50:38 AM, Pakistan Standard Time.

Exactly one year ago a massive and traggic earthquake hit Northern Pakistan, Kashmir, and parts of India and Afghanistan. This is a moment to simply pause, pray and ponder.

To think back on what has been done and what still needs to be done, I just compiled a quick list of some numbers of where things stand today. They make for a sobering read:

Total dead in Earthquake = 80,000 – 90,000
Estimated proportion of children amongst dead = 80 percent

Early recovery assistance pledged by international donors = US$ 255 Million
Early recovery pledges that have NOT been recieived yet = US$ 94 Million

Original estimate of long-term reconstruction costs = US$ 3.6 Billion
Current (updated) estimate of long-term reconstruction costs = US$ 4.4 Billion
Current estimated shortfall = US$ 800 Million
Total displaced by Earthquake = 3,500,000
Affectees still living in tents in camps = 35,000 – 40,000
At-risk families without permanent shelter = 60,000 – 100,000
Additional people who might need shelter this winter = 30,000 – 60,000

Estimated houses destroyed = 400,000
Estimated houses whose rebuilding has begun = 17%

By way of disclosure, I should note that these have been culled from various news reports from reputable sources. These are mostly based on estimates; and estimates do vary. However, the numbers are such that even if we were to assume that all are grossly exaggerated, even then they are worthy of our attention and of our reflection.

ATP has previously written about this issue here, here, here and here. There were numerous websites and blogs that came up in response to the tragic events of 8 October 2005, one of these – Help Pakistan – has called for Pakistani blogs to post on this subject on 8 October to raise awareness. I am sure many are planning to do so already and I think it is a great idea. Indeed, the web and blogs became one of the many vehicles through which the Pakistani citizenry everywhere joined hands to do whatever they could to assist in that time of great need.

18 responses to “Earthquake Numbers – A Year Later”

  1. Adnan Ahmad says:

    MQ, Terrific point.

  2. BhindiGosht says:

    I agree with you MQ. We must remember that help came from all quarters, not only Muslims. We really should start seeing things in the human perspective and not just through the Muslim lens.

  3. MQ says:

    Saadia and Unite Muslim,

    The October earthquake in Pakistan was a human disaster. It just so happens that a vast majority of the people who perished in this disaster were Muslims. As human beings and as Pakistanis it is natural for us to be affected by this tragedy and try to help as much as we can. But it seems a bit selfish to me to stress only the Muslim aspect of this tragedy as you two have done in your comments. Were the majority of the victims of this earthquake Christians wouldn’t you want to help them?

    Please remember, the God of Islam is Rabbul-Aalameen, not just Rabbul-Muslameen.

  4. Saadia Khan says:

    Millions of thanks Adil, as your posts about earthquake in Pakistan is bringing the muslims of other countries to spread the word. Also many thanks to other friends like iFaqeer and Unite Muslims as your efforts can give a life to many people in need.

  5. Unite Muslim says:

    Salam Pakistan,

    I am so sorry about what happened to your country and your people. I just posted a post in my blog regarding the earthquake and borrowed your images. I hope ATP doesn’t mind it. Jazakallah. My prayers are with those affected,

    Kind regards,
    From a Sri Lankan Muslim,

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