Initial Appeal: Pakistan-Afghanistan Earthquake Response

October 30, 2015

Appeal Code:  700-W
Appeal amount:  $60,000


A powerful earthquake centered in northern Afghanistan – measured at 8.1-magnitude by Pakistan’s government and 7.5-magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey – has affected Pakistan and Afghanistan. The quake could also be felt in India, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

At least 270 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in Pakistan, and more than 120 deaths in Afghanistan. However, the expected disruption of communication networks including roads and mobile phones could lead to higher numbers of damages and losses as contact is made with remote areas. Hundreds of buildings have collapsed in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and damages and losses have also been reported in Punjab Province.


ACT Alliance partner Community World Service Asia conducted rapid assessments in Pakistan and determined acute needs for food and emergency healthcare in Shangla District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Through Community World Service Asia, CWS will provide food packages to 300 affected families in Shangla District. The deployment of a Mobile Health Unit and Mobile Laboratory will help address healthcare needs in the District. This assistance will primarily be given to families who have not received similar assistance and who cannot access this support on their own, namely female-headed households, households with a high percentage of non-earning members and households with elderly members or persons with disabilities.

This appeal will likely be updated as more information becomes available.


Emergency Food: $37,113

Emergency Health Services: $14,906

Indirect Costs: $6,233

Total: $60,000


Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 (designate 700-W, Pakistan-Afghanistan Earthquake Response). Donations for our emergency response work can also be made online.

CWS is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.