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17 years on, Pakistan remembers horror of 2005 earthquake

Web Desk 12:53 PM | 8 Oct, 2022
17 years on, Pakistan remembers horror of 2005 earthquake
Source: Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority

ISLAMABAD – October 8 earthquake in Pakistan is remembered as one of the worst disasters in the region that killed around 75,000 people mostly in Azad Kashmir.

The 17th anniversary of the harrowing earthquake, that hit the northeast regions of the country, is being observed today on Saturday.

Seventeen years back on this day, at 8:50 am, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan and its surroundings. Muzaffarabad was the hardest hit, mainly because the epicentre of earthquake was just 19 kilometres (12 miles) to its northeast.

Thousands of buildings were collapsed with additional fatalities and destruction reported in neighboring India and Afghanistan, making the incident as one of the most destructive earthquakes in recent memory.

Around 19,000 children succumbed to the earthquake, most of them in widespread collapses of school buildings.

In addition, approximately 250,000 farm animals died due to the collapse of stone barns, and more than 500,000 large animals required immediate shelter from the harsh winter.

In Pakistan, survivors still carry the heart-wrenching memories of that day in their hearts while images and footages of earthquakes show a trail of death and destruction.

A majority of quake victims were from poor families living in small and dilapidated houses and buildings.

Later, huge relief efforts were made to recover bodies, reconstruct damaged highways and mountain roads, and made parts of the region accessible.

Tensions were not high between Pakistan and India at that time and in a display of goodwill, several crossing points were opened in the line of control to boost rescue efforts and the flow of relief goods.

The region of Azad Kashmir and its surroundings is located at the juncture of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, which according to experts is vulnerable to intense seismic activity.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs204,100 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220

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