BEIJING: The authorities in China say two after-shocks have destroyed more than four hundred and twenty thousand houses. At least sixty people were injured, some critically. Earlier, eighty thousand people were evacuated from their homes in Sichuan province because of fears of a large dam formed by earthquake debris could burst and flood the nearby villages. Meanwhile, twenty-three people have been killed due to torrential rain in southern China.
ISLAMABAD: United States Senator Russ Feingold visited several areas of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) here today to witness first hand the life people are leading more than two-and-a-half years after the devastating 2005 earthquake. “The people of the United States fully understand the suffering and hardship that the people of the earthquake-hit areas of AJK have endured,” Senator Feingold said while observing the current status of the development and rehabilitation work undertaken by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and partners. “We are pleased to work together with the members of these communities to restore life to normal and build a even better future.” Read the rest of this entry »
ISLAMABAD: A C-130 loaded with medicines and medical equipments along with twenty-eight doctors and para-medics left for China this morning. Minister for Information Sherry Rehman saw off the plane along with the Chinese Ambassador here. This was fourth relief consignment of the earthquake victims for China. Pakistan has already sent twenty-one thousand tents and other relief goods for the victims. Talking to media Sherry Rehman said Pakistan stands with the people and government of China in this difficult time and would provide all possible support to China to overcome the crisis. The Chinese Ambassador in his remarks expressed gratitude to the Pakistan Government for its timely help for the earthquake victims and appreciated Pakistan’s good will gesture to help China in this difficult time.
BEIJING: A Pakistani medical team of 28 doctors and paramedics, equipped with a mobile field hospital, will arrive today in Lanzhou, Gansu province to assist quake relief efforts. “Among the 28 medical professionals are orthopedic surgeons and paramedical staff. The team is very well equipped and trained in relief efforts,” Salik Khan, charge d’affaires of the Pakistani Embassy, said at a press briefing yesterday. Meanwhile, the Embassy of Pakistan is organizing a Fundraiser Bazaar for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake, which will be held at the embassy on Saturday. All monies collected at the event will go to the quake relief fund, Khan said. Read the rest of this entry »
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed confidence that despite challenges Earthquake Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) would be able to meet the targets for early completion of rehabilitation & reconstruction work. The Prime Minister expressed these views during his meeting with the Deputy Chairman ERRA, Lt. General Akram Sajjad at the Prime Minister’s House this morning during which he presented annual progress report of ERRA for the year 2007.
He said that in order to speed up the reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the earthquake affected areas, he had given a commitment to the affectees during his visit to the affected areas that despite his busy schedule he would hold a monthly meeting of ERRA Council to personally review the progress of work. The challenges arising out of socio-economic factors he said would be overcome with appropriate measures and commitment. Read the rest of this entry »
ISLAMABAD: The death toll from the recent devastating earthquake in China has now risen to over sixty-five thousand. Officials’ sources in Beijing said the death toll could surpass eighty thousand as twenty-three thousand people are still missing. About three hundred thousand homes were destroyed in a powerful aftershock that hit Sichuan Province two weeks ago.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake has shaken Colombia’s capital, killing three people and injuring eight. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.6-magnitude quake started around 2:20 p.m. Saturday (1900 GMT) afternoon and lasted for 40 seconds. The quake was centered about 33 miles (54 kilometers) southeast of Bogota. Colombian Interior Minister Carlos Holguin confirmed that three people were killed and eight injured. Phone systems were down briefly. US NEWS
JAMMU: A mild tremor was felt in Bhaderwah belt of Doda district in the wee hours on Wednesday. The tremor shook Bhaderawah town at 0513 hours (local time) and lasted for around 4-5 seconds, the meteorological department said. No loss of life or damage to property was reported in the area. This is the third mild tremor in Bhaderwah belt this year. The region earlier experienced tremors on February 13 and April 7.
ISLAMABAD: President of the Pakistan Muslim League, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain has sent the PML Secretary General, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, to China with a consignment of medicines for the victims of the recent earthquake. Senator Mushahid Hussain will also be carrying a special message of solidarity from the PML to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
It may be added that both the PML leaders, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and Senator Mushahid Hussain visited the Chinese Embassy on May 13 to express their condolences to the Ambassador of China. The Pakistan Muslim League is the first political party of Pakistan to take such an initiative which is an expression of the close relations between the PML and the Communist Party of China. During his stay in Beijing, Senator Mushahid Hussain will also be holding discussions with the Communist Party.-SANA
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has expressed grief and sorrow over the devastation that took place in China due to recent earthquake. Speaking with the Chinese Ambassador and Staff at the Chinese Embassy here on Thursday, he said Pakistani government and people share this great loss with sorrow with the people of China to whom Pakistan enjoys excellent relations.
He said China is time tested friend and friendship with it is corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.He said Pakistan values its ties with Chinese government and people and people of Pakistan and government stand by the Chinese government and people in this difficult time. The Prime Minister assured China that Pakistan would extend all possible help which it can do to recover this loss. He also expressed solidarity with the Chinese people and hoped they would overcome this tragic phase shortly.
The Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhao Hui thanked the Prime Minister for visiting Chinese Embassy and sharing the feeling of sorrow with the Chinese people in this difficult time. He said Friends in need are friend indeed. He thanked Pakistani brethren and appreciated the government for their support in this difficult time.