Estimates of the death toll range from 20,000 to 30,000, but remain uncertain.
The area is very difficult to access, so rescue efforts are still slow at the time of this writing three days later.
Between October 2005 and June 2006 WHO provided a weekly, consolidated overview of health in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan.
A devastating earthquake hit Pakistan in the mountainous regions including the Kashmiri border area.
On October 19, the first Tzu Chi relief team arrived at Islamabad en route to Muzaffarabad.
The 15 delegates, from Turkey, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan, brought with them medicine and relief supplies.At least 86,000 people were killed, more than 69,000 were injured, and extensive damage resulted in northern Pakistan.The heaviest damage occurred in the Muzaffarabad area of Kashmir.On 8 October 2005, Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province and Azad Jammu Kashmir Region were struck by a 7.6 earthquake.Over 73 000 people were killed, more than 150 000 were injured and 2.5 million were left homeless weeks before the onset of the Himalayan winter.They were isolated by the high mountains of that area. With winter looming, the survivors had to face the even more daunting challenge of surviving in the bitterly cold mountains without the protection of their homes.“I may be lucky to have survived the tremor, but I know I’ll die of starvation or the freezing weather,” lamented one helpless villager.Tzu Chi was one of only seven organizations granted permission to camp there.The team attended the daily joint briefings of the relief groups to coordinate their efforts and avoid duplicated distributions.“A tent used to cost 900 rupees [US]. It is not uncommon for distributors to call it a day when the line is still long.” Kadir’s predicament is representative of those experienced by other survivors there. Raja Arif Khan, secretary-general to the president of Pakistan-controlled but autonomous Kashmir, the Tzu Chi team focused its relief actions on the Jhelum River Valley because it was already reachable by outside vehicles and, more importantly, because the villages there were in urgent need of help.The magnitude was furnished by the USGS National Earthquake Information Center." The GCP formal prediction was for a period beginning 30 minutes before the main temblor and continuing for 8 hours.The full network result was significant at Z=1.773 (.95*1.866), and p=0.038. The second figure is the same Stouffer Z based analysis for the full GMT day to provide some context.