A large 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Balochistan Province in Pakistan at 4:30 pm September 24, 2013. While this area is remote, more than 1.2 million people live within 125 miles of the epicenter. Reported casualties continue to climb, with the latest from Reuters listing 327 deaths. The provincial government of Balochistan has declared an emergency for Awaran District, likely the most affected area.
CRS Pakistan is coordinating with local partners to begin assessments, as well as with the government, Caritas Pakistan and other aid organizations to align relief efforts. Early information indicates pervasive damage to mud homes and other buildings.
All CRS staff are safe and there has been no damage to CRS offices.