Kashmir Earthquake 2005

Measuring at 7.6 on the Richter scale, the catastrophic earthquake on October 8th 2005, rocked the whole of the Indian subcontinent, particularly the Kashmir and North West provinces of Pakistan.

Our representatives at Al-Rahmat International Trust have visited the affected areas to assess the extent of the damage and decide the best way to present relief work so that it would provide maximum benefit to the selected AJK province victims for the greatest time possible.

map showing earthquake epic centre and location of Bagh


Key Facts

Data shows that the worst affected areas have been identified as Bagh and Muzaffarabad within Kashmir (AJK) and Mansehra, Balakot and Kanai within the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) (Data from UNICEF).

  • To date, the earthquake has claimed over 87,000 lives and has left more than 3 million people homeless.

  • The earthquake destroyed or damaged approximately 9,968 schools and 7,669 higher educational establishments.

  • Around 18,000 school students and 853 teachers were killed as Saturday morning classes got under way.

  • 85% of primary schools in Mansehra and Battagram districts of NWFP were damaged or destroyed.

  • 87% of primary schools in Bagh district and 92% of schools in Muzaffarabad were damaged or destroyed.

  • The education of 450,000 primary school children was interrupted.


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