Islamabad, June 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): The horrific aftermaths of the earthquake in 2005 surely left a mark that will be remembered for years to come, but Pakistanis are strong-willed people’’. This was stated by the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, Ole E. Moesby after returning from a two-day visit to various areas in Kashmir, which were heavily affected by the earthquake in 2005, including Muzaffarabad and Balakot.
The Danish Ambassador visited the areas in 2005 to make a need assessment. As a result, the Government of Denmark immediately provided humanitarian assistance to Pakistan for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
‘When I visited in 2005, it was indeed a very sad time to be in Pakistan. I met with several families and victims, who had simply lost everything in the earthquake. The Danish Government understands that Pakistan has not only been facing political and security challenges, but is also heavily affected by the socio-economic challenges that come as a result of repetitive periods of large natural disasters.
It has indeed been a tough journey for the people of Pakistan, but I am so inspired to see how people continue to make efforts to rebuild their lives even 8 years after the tragic national disaster. This is a testament to the strong will and ability of the Pakistani people to overcome any kind of challenge life may bring around”, said Ambassador Moesby.
The Danish Government initially granted USD 1.8 million (DKK 10 million) in immediate assistance to the earthquake victims followed with two additional grants of USD 3.6 million (DKK 20 million) each, making the total aid USD 9 million (DKK 50 million). The 2005 earthquake had the magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter-scale and is one of Pakistan’s worst natural disasters ever with almost 100,000 dead, 138,000 injured and more than 3.5 million people displaced.
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Esther Lonstrup,
Embassy of Denmark
House #16, Street 21, F-6/2,
P.O. Box 1118, Islamabad,
Tel: +9251 209 9800
Fax: +9251 282 3483
Cell: 0307 555 9141 Or
Mrs. Hina Akhtar,
Cell: 0306 545 1766