It is the 2nd anniversary of the terrible earthquake that hit the northern areas of Pakistan. Much has been said about the earthquake, the lack of warning systems, the tragedy that struck victims living in poorly constructed homes, and the chaos after the quake that left many homeless and in desperate need of external intervention.
I recount below what ATP posted exactly one year ago in terms of the devastation that was caused by this massive earthquake. There is no other point in recounting this human tragedy but to remember and reinforce the necessity that the victims still need help. International aid agencies have all but left the region and the rebuilding effort is slow, plagued with charges of corruption, and philanthropic efforts slowing down.
But then I see the photo above (originally posted on ATP) and I think it says it all. The pain, the need, and the hope in her eyes. As a human being and as a fellow Pakistani, she deserves more than we as a community have been able to do so far. So the only thing I can do is to ask you to give more, and to give such that it reaches people like her quickly and efficiently.
Total dead in Earthquake = 80,000 – 90,000
Estimated proportion of children amongst dead = 80 percent
Estimated houses destroyed = 400,000
Early recovery assistance pledged by international donors = US$ 255 Million
Early recovery pledges that have NOT been received 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