8 October 2005

  • A major earthquake shook Pakistan on Saturday, October 8, 2005, at 8:50 a.m. The epicenter of this magnitude 7.6 quake was about 65 miles north-northeast of Islamabad, the country’s capital.

    Around 128,000 souls were injured, almost 86,000 people were killed, 200 humans are still missing and 3.5 million people became homeless while an infinite number of families were torn apart and countless children became orphans, and extensive damage resulted in northern Pakistan. The heaviest damage occurred in the Muzaffarabad area of Kashmir.

    Some students had no sooner arrived at their schools than they were buried alive under collapsed buildings. Some survivors tried to seek help only to find that the roads to the outside world had been blocked by landslides. They were isolated by the high mountains of that area.

    Three million people lost their homes. With winter looming, the survivors had to face the even more daunting challenge of surviving in the bitterly cold mountains without the protection of their homes.

    In memory of the martyrs, Pakistan today observes The National Disaster Awareness Day. Such a mark of devastation, 8th October 2005, left on the whole nation that even a time as long as a decade could not heal the pain of the affected people.