On Saturday, Balochistan experienced a series of aftershocks that claimed the lives of three children. The tremors had a magnitude of 3.5 and were felt in Chaman and Killa Abdullah districts at around 10 pm. The aftermath of the earthquake resulted in the collapse of a portion of a small dwelling in the Nai Abadi Balazi area, killing children who were between the ages of 8 and 23. Five others were injured in the incident.
The earthquake had occurred as an aftershock of a much larger earthquake that hit the area last week. The previous earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8 and had its epicenter in Afghanistan, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Tremors were felt in several cities across the country, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Charsadda, Lahore, and Rawalpindi, causing frightened people to flee their homes and seek refuge in open areas.
The United States Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was also felt in Afghanistan and India for approximately 30 seconds. The previous earthquake resulted in the death of ten individuals, including two women and two children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), with numerous others injured, and buildings damaged.
The latest earthquake highlights the need for increased measures to prepare and respond to natural disasters. In recent years, Pakistan has experienced several earthquakes, with the most severe being the earthquake that hit northern Pakistan in 2005, resulting in the death of over 75,000 people.
In response to such disasters, the government of Pakistan has established several institutions to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. These include the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) that have been established to provide relief and rehabilitation to affected populations.
Additionally, the government has taken measures to create awareness among the general public about disaster preparedness and response. The government has also collaborated with international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) to improve its disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.
In conclusion, the recent earthquake in Balochistan is a reminder of the need for continuous efforts to enhance disaster preparedness and response mechanisms. Such measures can help to reduce the loss of life and property and minimize the impact of natural disasters on the lives of people in Pakistan.