India Partners Responds to Pakistan/India Earthquake
Monday, October 24, 2005. India Partners is preparing an emergency response to help some of the millions of people in northern India & Pakistan that were left homeless and injured by the massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit that region on October 8. The relief & development agency will send funds to EFICOR, a partner organization in India, to begin emergency assistance to help those in need.
India Partners will provide funds for tents, blankets, warm clothes, food, utensils, medicine, and hygiene kits. The pressing need for the victims are the tents, so they will have protection before the first snowfall of the approaching winter.
"We have assessed the most appropriate way that we can respond to this enormous disaster, and are now ready to collect and send funds to local agencies in the region that we know will make the best use of the funds to assist the victims in that area," says India Partners' Executive Director, Brent Hample. "We also hope that the governments of India and Pakistan will continue to work together so that more aid can cross their borders for the sake of the many earthquake survivors."
As of figures on October 23, the earthquake resulted in 51,382 casualties, but that figures is likely to increase. In addition, 74,497 were injured and the number of homeless is estimated to be between 2.7 and 3.2 million, with some 15,000 villages affected. The area affected is approximately 30,000 sq. miles. In India, official reports indicate 1,307 dead, 4,500 injured, and up to one million people affected. The source of the above figures is the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Based on India Partners' 21 years of past experience working in India's natural disasters, the Christian faith-based agency is well positioned to provide humanitarian help; the agency has assisted local agencies in India in times of cyclones, floods, earthquakes, and the 2004 tsunami. India Partners--and the local agencies it works with--help all in need, regardless of faith, caste, gender or creed.
Started in 1967, EFICOR is one of the oldest local relief agencies in India. EFICOR relief teams have met with local government authorities in administration, health services, police, army, panchayats (village leaders), sarpanches (local council chair people) and the affected people of various villages in assessing needs after the earthquake. The assistance will be distributed by EFICOR and The Disaster Coordination Committee (DCC). The DCC is a group of local relief agencies in India that was set up in 2002 in order to pool resources and capacity to respond to disasters. It comprises of EFICOR (Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission On Relief), DC (Discipleship Center), EHA (Emmanuel Hospital Association) and NEICORD (North-East India Committee On Relief and Development). In addition, local partners EFICOR has contacted for providing assistance are Al-Bhashir, Corporative Outreach of India, and Anantnag Mission Hospital.