A series of strong earthquakes and aftershocks shook western Pakistan in the early morning hours of 29 October, with the main affected area to the north and west of Quetta, in the town of Ziarat and Pashin.
Early reports indicate that more than 160 people have lost their lives, and Pakistan Red Crescent responded immediately to calls for assistance. Most deaths and injuries were caused by collapsing houses and landslides, and thousands of people have lost their homes.
Pakistan Red Crescent, with support of the Federation, sent out four preliminary assessment teams of trained volunteers from the branches, each team headed by a trained National Disaster Response Team leader.
Two mobile health teams and relief goods have been sent from Baluchistan, including shelter materials such as tents, blankets and plastic sheeting. The fate of remote villages in the area has not yet been determined, and the cold weather poses a threat to survivors.
Two teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross are on the spot assessing the situation and needs, and they report that aftershocks are continuing, forcing frightened residents to stay outdoors in the cold.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
More information on the humanitarian response.
International Committee of the Red Cross
Feature story: earthquakes devastate Baluchistan.