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7th anniversary of 2005 earthquake will be observed across the country Monday

Islamabad, October 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): The 7th anniversary of 2005 earthquake that hit Azad Kashmir and Northern Pakistan will be observed across the country today (October 8, 2012).

The victims of 2005 earthquake will be remembered and eulogised in various prayers and remembrance ceremonies held throughout the country on Monday to mark the day, which will always be remembered as the day of great tragedy.

October 8 reminds of a tragedy that the people had neither seen nor expected. The unfortunate day brings nothing but anguish and gloom, especially for those who lost their near and dear ones on this fateful day seven years ago.

The 2005 earthquake was a major earthquake in Pakistan. It occurred at 08:52am on October 8, 2005. It registered a magnitude of 7.6. The casualties resulting from the earthquake reached to 74,698, according to officials, putting it higher than the massive scale of destruction of the 1935 Quetta earthquake. The earthquake also affected countries in the surrounding region where tremors were felt in Tajikistan and western China. More than 100,000 people were injured.

The severity of the damage caused by the earthquake is attributed to severe up thrust, coupled with poor construction.

Aid agencies and NGOs from around the world were deployed to the region immediately after the earthquake and some have remained behind training local people in construction and helping them to rebuild homes and schools.

Five crossing points were opened on the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan to facilitate the flow of humanitarian and medical aid to the affected region, and international aid teams from around the world came to the region to assist in relief.

For more information, Contact:
Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Director General Information Technology Board
Help Line: +92-5822-920176 ,
Fax: +92-5822-920136 ,
Email: pc@ajk.gov.pk
Tel: +92-(0) 5822-920136

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