Pakistan: An entire generation lost

Category: Asia, Nature & Science Topics: Kashmir, Nature And Environment, Pakistan Views: 7994

Pakistan mourned a lost generation of children in the earthquake-devastated Kashmir area yesterday. United Nations officials predicted that the number of deaths among young people would rise to 15,000.

A rescue team work to release a man from the debris of the National Bank in Muzaffarabad 

Soldiers assisted by French search and rescue experts were reported to have saved 40 children from the rubble of a school in Balakot and found 60 bodies.

But three days after the earthquake vast tracts of the region were still without help and hope was fading rapidly for most of those trapped under the wreckage of flimsy buildings.

The initial estimate of 20,000 dead was expected to rise dramatically. A Pakistani official predicted that in the mountains of the north-east the figure would mount to 30,000 or 40,000.

"It is a whole generation that has been lost in the worst affected areas," Maj-Gen Shaukat Sultan, an army spokesman, said.

One lucky child is evacuated with his father to safety 
Sikander Hayat Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, said: "Kashmir is a graveyard. We have been either digging to recover bodies or digging to bury them. It is the biggest natural disaster. It has totally paralyzed Kashmir."

Hundreds of people flew from Britain to start their own searches for relatives. Mobile phones have provided a vital link for some but using landlines has been impossible.

International aid and rescue equipment began to flow towards the stricken areas but for most people it was too late. America sent five heavy-lift Chinook helicopters from Afghanistan, although none was visible yesterday.

An eight-man British team rescued a 20-year-old tailor who had been trapped for 54 hours in Muzaffarabad, the regional capital. 

It used a dog to find the man, Tariq, before painstakingly working through debris using drills, chainsaws and crowbars. Tariq eventually emerged covered in dust and pleading for water.

In Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, rescuers pulled a woman and a child from the rubble of the Margalla Towers flats complex. They had been trapped for 62 hours.

The rescuers, who had been working around the clock since the 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday, cheered their success.

But successes were few. Damien Personnaz, a spokesman for Unicef, the UN children's fund, said in Geneva: "It is a logistical nightmare to try to rescue the survivors. Most of the children who died were at school.

"Outside the main cities the schools were built mostly from stone with poor cement. They would have crumbled to nothing. The children would not have stood a chance."

The UN has raised its estimate of the number of people made homeless from 2.5 million to four million.

Police fired into the air to disperse looters pillaging a government store in Muzaffarabad. Shopkeepers with sticks defended their supplies of flour and cooking oil.

Many residents had not eaten for three days and were desperate. Fighting broke out when a military lorry tried to distribute food and people ransacked other lorries as they arrived, making off with food, tents, blankets and medicines.

One group broke into a petrol station to steal fuel for cooking and warmth.

"We have almost nothing left," said Abdul Majeed Bhut, 65, a shopkeeper. "People are buying sweets for food now."

Residents said the price of bread had risen by 500 per cent and drinking water was almost impossible to find. Refugees could be seen leaving the city as others arrived from outlying districts.

There was little sign of an organized government relief effort on any scale, although military convoys could be seen heading for the city later in the day. "The people will rise against the government if this continues," said 32-year-old Khan Afsar.

Source: Telegraph

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Older Comments:
Assalam Brothers and Sisters,
Your news is such details which can push each person to think on all angle.
I feel as reporter you must concentrate on fundamental solutions to victim.
That is settlement to these people and second issue is helping yateem childerent.

I feel one diverse aspect in the light of Islam, helping all those ladies and gents who has lost there soule mates.

We as Islamic brothers and sisters can set matterimonial solutions to these people.

This situation is same like, people lost lifes in war. What they left behind is Widow. WHich can have all wrong work possibilites for serviviing.

Think on those lines and Siggest this point to ulema of that area and same time ngo.

I could have do that but I do not have correct email address of any one. Nor postal.



Hope the people of Pakistan can recover and regain their dignity. In India we are mystified that Pakistan's Government has refused help form India for political reasons and condemened 10's of thousands fo their people to death!

We woudl like to help and want to help and can help so let politics come in the way of saving people!

It is sad as it is that people are suffering and than have ideological government who would let it people die rather than accept help.

It is madness.

I am not a muslim, but I wish to express my empathy with the survivors of the South Asian earthquake. May God have mercy and give the survivors the strenth to go on. Peace to all the tens of thousands of souls who were lost. Blessed be.

Almost above 50,000 lost their lives, and they people and specially kids who still alive are looking us for your help, weather is very awkward there and source of transportation are very less. Kids are looking for food, dressing and tents, pls help them without wasting ur time, if you waste time, perhapes many will waste their lives.

i am very frustrated by the lack of support to the victims of this
earthquake. I hear people argue the numbers of victims. What is
30,000 to 50,000 either way, thousands of lives were lost. People
are still being found. We are raising money here at sf state for the
victims. inshallah, more people will help and those who have
helped will continue helping.
peace be will everyone across the world.

SAMMAN said:
I pay my condolences to my brothers and sisters lost in this horrific tragedy. We should keep the lost and their surviving loved ones in our prayers and that Allah gives them peace, and try to help the people of Pakistan and Kashmir in anyway we can.

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'oon
(To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return)

We will be praying for everyone inshaAllah. May Allah (SWT) have mercy on all the living and dead. May He make the relief and rescue efforts easy and fast. Ameen.

For those who wish to help through donation, avoid the governmental channels - and use the channels of reputable organisation such as Islamic Relief and Edhi.

Inna lillah wa inna Ilahi rajioon...

Allah says in the Quraan: (Az-Zalzala)
1.When the earth is shaken with its (final) earthquake.
2.And when the earth throws out its burdens,
3.And man will say: "What is the matter with it?"
4.That Day it will declare its information (about all what happened over it of good or evil).
5.Because your Lord has inspired it.
6.That Day mankind will proceed in scattered groups that they may be shown their deeds.
7.So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.
8.And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.
(99 : 1-8)


I hope the governments all around the world will hury up to help pakistan [ESPECIALLY THE MUSLIM ONES] Just like they did with USA.


DR. S FROM USA said:
May Allah swt save those alive, and provide jannah to those deceased, and sabr to those with losses. May he make a brighter future for those in loss and all of us.-Ameen

May Allah bless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for building better roads.

Because of that the relief effort is even possible today.

Against the much opposed looser beaucrats who saw not much financial gains in it.

I wish to express my deepest sarrow to my MUSLIM Brothers in PAKISTAN and my condolence and may ALLAH bless them in this month of Rahmah ,and as our Prophet PBU Inna lillah oua inna ileyh rajihoun .

When we consider all the nature disasters around the world such as the calamities in Indonesia, the flooding of New Orleans, and the constant earthquakes around the globe-- do we really need to continue to fight among ourselves? Especially we as Muslims.

Do we have the ability to survive as humans?

Only if Allah is willing.

Because we are a helpless lot incapable self-help. Allah is unity, science, technology intellect. A way out of this hell on earth. Just look at us.

Inna lillaahi wa inna ilaihi raaji'un. Ya Allah, Grant those victims who died in the earthquake shaheed, Ya AlWali, Provide for those survivors of the earthquake and relieve their distress and make their Iman firm and ever more strong this Ramadan ya Rabb. AMEEN.

my condolence to my brothers and sisters in Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan who lost their children. May Allah rewards them for their patience on their lost. I have also a son age 10. I was crying watching the news of this earthquake. May Allah rewards us for our patience in this ramadhan. Ameen