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17 years on, Pakistan remembers horror of 2005 earthquake

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.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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