submitted by Jany Jacob, Senegal 95-97
The latest UN estimates are at about 20,000 dead.
DAWN, the largest national newspaper in Pakistan, reports that the devastation in the Pakistani Kashmir is virtually complete with Muzafferabad (the capital city) being 70% leveled. Visit their website for more news and aerial view of the city.
They report that a British Rapid Rescue team is already in Islamabad pulling the dead and the injured out of the ten-storied building that collapsed in Islamabad.
Turkey has also sent rescue teams.
It is reported that the US has sent eight heavy helicopters; almost every helicopter in Pakistan (civil and military) is in service of the rescue and relief missions.
Most of the villages and towns in the North are built on mountainsides so an earthquake can slide a town into oblivion. The huts people live in are built of rocks piled on top of each other thus and earthquake can bring it down on top of the people living inside.
The local Pakistan Association has mobilized to collect material and money and drop-off points are being established:
- Please check the Pakistan Assn site for updated information.
- For the moment, the Islamic School of Seattle is one drop-off site (720 – 20th Ave., Seattle) but please check the Pakistan Assn site for the material required before bringing it there. The association is also collecting funds to send to Pakistan for relief. These funds will go directly to organizations involved in relief work in the remote areas.
- If you wish to make a donation, please go to any US Bank location and tell them you want to make a donation to the “US Pakistan Earthquake Relief Fund”.
I know we are all suffering from calamity fatigue but we cannot stop. No matter how bad others have suffered, we must all continue to assist others as misfortune befalls them.
I thank you for taking the time to read this.
Jeff Siddiqui, Associate Broker
Western Associates Real Estate
Seattle, WA 98103
pager: (206) 994-7398