International Medical Corps teams in Pakistan are on standby in case the government of Pakistan requests humanitarian assistance to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday. While there are no reports of direct casualties from the earthquake, 200 mud houses near Dalbandin, a town 34 miles west of the epicenter, have been damaged.
The National Disaster Management Authority has pre-positioned blankets, tents, and food in Quetta, while government personnel have been dispatched to the area to conduct assessments and determine the level of humanitarian assistance required. International Medical Corps continues to monitor the situation and assess damage and humanitarian needs for its potential emergency response to the area.
The earthquake reportedly was felt as far away as 1,000 miles, in Delhi, India. In 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Pakistan, killing 73,000 people.
With a humanitarian presence in Pakistan for 25 years, International Medical Corps was one of the first responders to the Kashmir earthquake in 2005 as well as the devastating floods that hit Pakistan this year, affecting approximately 20 million people. International Medical Corps continues to support those displaced by the floods with psychosocial services and 102 medical teams that deliver care up to 200 patients a day.
International Medical Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1984, when it first provided paramedical training to Afghan refugees. Today, International Medical Corps provides health care services and water and sanitation facilities to internally displaced Pakistanis as well as Afghan refugees, and operates an emergency obstetrics care center in Peshawar.