The 14th anniversary of victims of deadly earthquake of October 8, 2005, is being observed across Pakistan including Azad Jammu and Kashmir today (Oct 8).
Special prayers will be offered and candle vigil and sky lanterns lighting will be held at the end of the programs in the evening. There is a public holiday in AJK today. One minute silence will be observed at all District Headquarters at 8.54 am.
Main Prayer Ceremony will be held at university ground Muzaffarabad. All stations of Azad Kashmir Radio will broadcast documentaries and discussions on the observance of the day. All stations of Azad Kashmir Radio will broadcast documentaries and discussions on the observance of the day.
On October, 8, 2005 about 7.6 tremors on Richter scale shook parts of the country at 08:52 am local time, caused massive destruction putting it higher than the massive scale of destruction of the Quetta earthquake in 1935. Approximately 138,000 people were injured and over 3.5 million rendered homeless. According to official figures, 19,000 children had died in the earthquake, most of them in widespread collapses of school buildings. The earthquake affected more than 500,000 families.
In addition, approximately 250,000 farm animals died due to collapse of stone barns, and more than 500,000 large animals required immediate shelter from the harsh winter. It is estimated that more than 780,000 buildings were either destroyed or damaged beyond repair, and many more were rendered unusable for extended periods of time. Out of these, approximately 17,000 school buildings and most major hospitals close to the epicenter were destroyed or severely damaged.
Lifelines were adversely affected, especially the numerous vital roads and highways that were closed by landslides and bridge failures. Several areas remained cut off via land routes even three months after the main event. Power, water supply, and telecommunication services were down for varying lengths of time, although in most areas services were restored within a few weeks.
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