October 27, 2015
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday has killed over 300 people and injured nearly 1,000 people. Officials expect the death toll to rise as rescue groups reach remote areas that have been severely affected. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring India and Tajikistan.
According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, the earthquake could have a "high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability."
SOS Children’s Villages has villages across Pakistan and India.
In Pakistan, Samina Khan, National Director of SOS Pakistan, reports that all SOS families in the affected areas – including children, mothers, and staff members – are safe and unharmed. In the SOS Village in Dhodial tremors led to the collapse of a 100 ft. wall. No other damages have been reported.
The earthquake was also felt in northern India. Staff members of SOS India reported no injuries or damages.
More information will be disclosed as it becomes available.