A powerful earthquake struck Badakshan Province in Afghanistan today and also affected a large area of Pakistan. According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 7.5 quake struck at 1:39 pm local time and was 121 miles (196 km) deep. Initial media reports indicate at least 177 people have been killed in Pakistan, with the majority of the fatalities occurring in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or KPK. Some 33 were reportedly killed in Afghanistan. An additional 1,000 are reportedly injured.
Our teams on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan are in contact with local officials and are working to identify ways in which we might be best placed to support the ongoing relief efforts, should it be needed. We have the capacity to provide support in primary health care and trauma care, mental health and water, sanitation and hygiene.
In Afghanistan, International Medical Corps has provided health services for vulnerable populations for over 30 years. Today we provide medical assistance to internally displaced persons and refugees and training for local health care providers and for vulnerable groups in communities including women and children.
International Medical Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1985 and we currently provide primary health care services to internally displaced persons and refugees in four refugee camps. We also have provided training to local providers and programming in nutrition, gender-based violence, water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as livelihood skills training.