A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan on September 24, 2019 followed by three more tremors on September 25.
Houses were damaged, washrooms and kitchens were destroyed, roads and streets were blocked and sanitation systems were damaged. Electricity has also been disrupted. Families have been collecting contaminated canal water. Displaced people are sleeping in the open, posing health and protection risks, especially for women and children. Health facilities are inadequate to treat affected populations, and the situation is causing psychological distress.
Islamic Relief will install communal water supply systems and distribute household filtration kits and hygiene kits. Hygiene awareness sessions will also be conducted in the community.
Islamic Relief will provide winterized shelter kits to families whose homes have been rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake and provide warm woolen blankets to children, women and the elderly.
Women- and child-friendly spaces will be established in the earthquake affected area to provide educational and recreational activities as well as counseling and psychosocial support.