By Khalid Mahmood
A strong earthquake, the most powerful in 100 years, hit Pakistan
yesterday at 8:52 am. More than 20,000 deaths and around 50,000
injured are reported so far, toll may rise to thousands more.
Due to the destruction of communication means and bad weather,
actual figures are not known so far. Kashmir is the worst hit
area, where many villages have been completely destroyed. NWFP
province and northern areas of Pakistan are also severely hit.
We in Lahore also felt strong earthquake, many huge buildings
have got cracks and one three story building was collapsed.
Large scale rescue and relief efforts have been carried out by
government and civil society organizations.
Labour Education Foundation in collaboration with Women Workers
Help Line, National Trade Union Federation and Labour Party Pakistan
is setting up relief camps in Lahore and Karachi to help victims
in the worst hit areas. We will be working closely with our contact
organizations and persons in these areas to coordinate joint efforts.
We will be collecting money mainly for medicine and food.
You can help in relief efforts by sending money to Labour Education
Foundation. You can also send medicine and food items directly
to our offices in Lahore and Karachi or camp sites. Details of
Camp sites will be sent to you tomorrow.
Labour Education Foundation,
Sufi Mansion, 7- Egerton Road, Lahore, Pakistan.
Tel: 0092 42 6303808 Fax: 0092 42 6271149 Cell: 0092 321 9402322
Karachi Office: 628- Mashriq Center, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.
Tel: 0092 21 4854643
-- Labour Party Pakistan
40 Abbot Road,
Tel: 92 42 6315162