Recovery Continues in Afghanistan, Pakistan Following 7.5M Quake
Recovery operations are underway in Afghanistan and Pakistan following a 7.5M earthquake, centered in northeast Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountain range, which shook parts of South Asia on October 26 (ECHO, NDMA). Media reports indicate that the quake was felt as far as New Delhi, India, and that access and communication to remote areas along the northern Afghanistan-Pakistan border had been cut off due to landslides, delaying initial impact assessments (Reuters).
As of October 29, the reported number of dead has reached 382, and more than 2,500 have been injured in Afghanistan and Pakistan (ECHO).
According to Pakistan’s, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), preliminary damage and loss assessments indicate that more than 25,000 houses across five provinces have been damaged, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reporting the most damage (NDMA). Since the initial earthquake, more than 62 aftershocks (ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 5.3) have been recorded by Pakistan’s Metrological Department (NDMA).
Cold and dry weather is expected over the next 48 hours for earthquake affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan, yet there remains the potential for locally moderate to heavy rainfall/snowfall over mountain areas into early next week (NWFC, ECHO).
RVA Country Profile: Pakistan
This Week in Hazards
- After making landfall in Mexico on October 23, Category 5 Hurricane Patricia rapidly weakened as it tracked across rugged terrain, causing “less damage than feared” along coastal areas (Reuters, NASA). The combination of remnants from Hurricane Patricia and other weather systems over the Gulf of Mexico caused heavy rainfall and widespread flooding in Texas and Louisiana (United States). According to media reports, some parts of Texas received 20 inches of rain over 30 hours, and an estimated 22,000 people were left without power due to severe weather conditions in Louisiana (Reuters). Special weather and flood warnings remain in effect through the weekend (NOAA Alerts: Texas, Louisiana)
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala has strengthened into a hurricane in the Arabian Sea, and is expected to make landfall in northeast Yemen by early next week (NASA). As of October 29 (2100 UTC), Chapala is located approximately 417 nautical miles southeast of Masirah Island (JTWC Warning #5). TC Chapala is currently maintaining wind speeds at 75 knots (approximately 86 miles per hour), and is forecast to peak at 115 knots (approximately 132 miles per hour) before making landfall, after which the system is expected to rapidly weaken as it tracks inland.
- More than 4,800 cases of cholera, including 68 deaths, have been reported in the United Republic of Tanzania as of October 19 (WHO). Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has reported to the World Health Organization that 13 regions have been affected by the outbreak, with 72% of all reported cases coming from the Dar es Salaam region, where the country’s largest city and commercial hub is located.
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Chapala (Arabian Sea)
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Flood: England, Scotland, Somalia, Ethiopia, United States (Texas)
Storm: Brazil (Southern)
Winter Storm: Canada (Quebec)
Wildfire: United States (California)
Drought: Puerto Rico, Papua New Guinea, United States (Western), Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Indonesia (Java)
Biomedical: West Africa
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