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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Earthquake in Pakistan and apathy in rescue operation


As far as the news are coming in the "Government's Response" was very poor; in fact apathetic. Capital Development Authority (CDA) which has the prime responsibility of ensuring the safe delivery of services and cooping with disasters did not mobilize its disaster management operation in time. The Towers in Islamabad which housed Pakistanis and foreigners both were destroyed in the morning however the earth moving equipment did not move in until afternoon.
According to one phone call the earth moving equipment moved into the neighborhood of collapsed towers in the afternoon after people made several phone calls to CDA. If mobilizing of rescue operation is at its worst in the capital city of Pakistan then we can imagine the pathetic nature of search, rescue, and relief operation in Kashmir and the Northern Part of Pakistan where access is limited and the earthquake has caused a major damage.

I have just heard from my brother in law that one of his friends made a cell phone call from the collapsed building rubble that he and his family is alive and waiting for rescue. They have been trapped for more than 12 hrs. and the rescue teams have not reached them yet.


  • Salaam,

    I like your site and enjoy reading it. Just wanted to comment about your report about CDA not doing a good job. I don't think its unreasonable for them to get the proper earth-moving machinery there by the afternoon of the disaster. You must realize that although the Margalla Towers disaster became the Earthquake Poster Boy because it was in Islamabad, there were numerous other places where MORE lives were in danger and more manpower was needed to be diverted. Those kind of machines aren't just sitting at the ready within a 2 mile distance from where a disaster occurs and I believe getting the machinery (which travels very slowly due to its size) on-site within a few hours leaves nothing to complain about.

    Its true that when human lives are at stake, everything seems as if it is taking forever but under the circumstances, I think CDA didn't do a bad job in arranging machinery to arrive on time. I do believe however that the rescue operation could have been handled much more efficiently than it was.

    Keep up the good work :-)

    By Blogger Rehan, at Monday, October 10, 2005 9:38:00 AM  

  • Thanks Rehan
    I agree with you.

    By Blogger E Mullah الیکٹرونک مُلا, at Monday, October 10, 2005 11:32:00 AM  

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