Afghanistan Earthquake Oct 2015

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Afghanistan on October 26, 2015 at 09:09:32 UTC. A powerful earthquake struck northern Afghanistan on October 26, with tremors felt as widely as Pakistan and northern India. The magnitude 7.5 quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 75km (46 miles) south of Faizabad, the US Geological Survey reported.

ituation Report: Earthquake Afghanistan / Pakistan Oct. 26th 2015

Situation Report – (period covered: Oct 26-27, 2015 AFT, UTC/GMT +4:30)

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Situation Overview


A powerful earthquake struck northern Afghanistan on October 26 at 1:39 pm local time.  Tremors were felt in Pakistan, northern India, and Tajikistan. The earthquake registered as a magnitude 7.5 on the Richter Scale with its epicenter in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 75 km (46 miles) south of Faizabad, according to the US Geological Survey. (source)

Buildings were evacuated in the capitals of all three countries, and communications were disrupted in many areas. Initial reports speak of people killed in Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan.  Officials said the quake happened at a depth of 212 km. The magnitude was initially put at 7.7 but later downgraded.

According to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 248 people died, 1,665 people were injured and 4,392 homes were damaged in Pakistan.  In Afghanistan, 115 people died, 538 were injured, and 7,630 homes were damaged (source).  Officials on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border warned Tuesday that casualty figures most likely would leap once relief workers returned from villages so remote they can only be accessed on foot or by donkey. (source)

Afghanistan Highlights:

27 Oct:

  • UNOCHA Flash Update No 2 – Badakhshan Earthquake, 27 Oct 2015.
  • The government reports that 115 people have been killed and 538 injured; 7,630 homes,12 schools, 17 mosques, 20 office buildings have been damaged in nine provinces. (source) According to Shah Waliullah Adeeb, Governor of Badakshan, 2744 homes and 12 mosques have been damaged or destroyed in the province. (source)
  • The Red Crescent is conducting damage assessments, but it could be days until the extent of the damage is known. (source)
  • Authorities in Takhar province say food, blankets and tents are in short supply at a time when people have been warned to sleep outside, in near-freezing temperatures, in case of aftershocks. (source)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has contacted hospitals in the affected areas.  They currently have sufficient medicines & supplies for the injured. (source)

26 Oct:

  • UNOCHA Flash Update No 1 – Badakshan Earthquake, 26 Oct 2015.
  • An estimated 70 people were killed and 400-500 homes damaged.  The Afghan government has ordered a full assessment, and relief efforts are under way. (source)
  • Initial reports from the field indicate earthquake damage in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Samangan, Takhar and Kunduz provinces. (source)  Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Kabul, Parwan, Panjshir also reporting earthquake damage. (source)
  • Reports that 30% of Swaki destroyed by earthquake. (source)
  • Tribal elders in Kunar’s Sawki district report one village was hit in Dewagal valley, after a mountain slide.  Children and women among injured. (source)
  • Kunar officials say hundreds of homes destroyed in the province. At least 32 people dead and 83 injured. Hundreds of cattle dead across the province. (source)
  • Officials in Kunar province say at least 14 people have been killed in Kunar province and 40 injured. More than 200 homes have been destroyed or damaged. (source)
  • IOM staff in Faizabad report damaged homes in Badakhshan’s Jurm and Arghanj Khaw districts. (source)
  • Unconfirmed reports of severe damage & deaths in Badakshan’s  Kishim district. (source)  
  • The Badakhshan governor reports 10 killed including a woman, 24 wounded. 1428 houses are destroyed in Warduj, Keshem & Sheghnan districts. (source)
  • Health officials in Nangarhar report 7 dead and 77 wounded (unconfirmed). (source)
  • At least 12 girls died, all of them under 16, when pupils in Taluqan, northern Afghanistan rushed for the school exit. (source)

Pakistan Highlights:

27 Oct:

  • In Chitral, the water supply was damaged, and 80,000 people to not have clean drinking water.  Work to restore it is in progress. (source)
  • As of Tuesday, officials have not been able to get in touch with authorities in the district of Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province because the communication system is down and roads blocked. (source)
  • Many people in the Upper Dir lost their homes and livestock and are desperately looking for food and shelter. (source)
  • Most of the affected people live in northern Pakistan, where rain and snow are making relief efforts difficult. (source)
  • NDMA Preliminary Damages and Losses (updated)
  • In the KP Province, the Malakand division is the worst affected area so far. (source)
  • The Pakistan Army evacuated victims on Tuesday via helicopter to Peshawar and Rawalpindi. (source)  The Army has also set up relief camps in Dir, Chitral, and Bajaur. (source)
  • The Pakistan Red Cross medical teams have established mobile medical camps in the areas of Chitral, Shangla and Korghar.  The Red Crescent is also providing relief supplies to over 2040 families in KPK, GB and FATA (source)
  • The Pakistan Air Force is deploying a 25 bed hospital (source), and a nine-bed mobile hospital with a team of surgeons has been dispatched to Dir. (source)
  • The Army has established 27 points for distribution of relief goods (source) and has sent two thousand tents to the earthquake affected areas (source). The Pakistan Air Force has left for Chitral carrying seven tons of rations, 2,500 ready meals, additional medical teams and 1,000 tents and blankets for distribution in remote areas. (source)

26 Oct:

  • Reports of landslides in Neelum Valley, Pakistan.  Ambulances and rescue workers are reaching the area. (source)
  • Pakistan’s NDMA initial report shows 7 injured, one fatality and no houses damaged. (source)
  • Mansehra district officials report they have successfully evacuated more than 1,000 vehicles from Naran Kaghan and Batakindi areas despite heavy rain and snow. (source)  Only ten vehicles remaining at Naran, could not move due to faults. They will be evacuated tomorrow early morning. (source)
  • Mansehra District: Around 20 police and 12 laborers stuck at Basel area.  They will be evacuated by helicopter tomorrow as the weather clears. (source)
  • According to Pakistan’s military: Monday’s quake has killed 123 and wounded 956 in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (source) Army helicopters and C-130 planes have launched damage assessment/rescue work (source)  The majority of deaths occurred in the Malakand district. (source)
  • Chitral, near the Afghan border, was reportedly badly hit.  There have been landslides, extensive damage to infrastructure and a lot of old houses have been completely damaged. (source)
  • Immediate influx of seriously injured in MSF-run ER department of Timergara hospital, PKP province – 133 patients so far. (source)  MSF-India is sending additional emergency medical supplies to help response in Timergara. (source)
  • Pakistan’s NDMA initial report shows 13 injured, six fatalities, and three homes damaged. (source)
  • Punjab Province:
  • Pakistan’s NDMA initial report shows 52 injured, five fatalities, and ten houses damaged. (source)

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 National Government Links


Office of the President

Ministry of Interior Affairs

  • Directorate of Media and Public Affairs, Spokesman Office

Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Unicef Afghanistan


Pakistan Army 

Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)Facebook

Oct 26 – National Disaster Management Authority asks the public to help in damage assessment by calling and reporting to the NDMA at UAN: 111 157 157. (source) On Facebook NDMA is requesting that all people traveling by road from or to different destinations in KPK, Punjab, AJK and GB must report damages if observed to NDMA at UAN.

Regional/Local Government Links

Afghanistan (34 Total Provinces)

Badakhshan Province – Badakhshan Province is located in the farthest northeastern part of the country between Tajikistan and northern Pakistan. It shares a 56.5 mile border with China. Wikipedia Area: 17,011 mi² Population: 904,700 (2012)

Kunar Province – Kunar is located in the northeastern part of the country. Its capital is Asadabad. It has a population of about 428,800, most of which are ethnic Pashtuns and about 5% are Nuristanis.

Nangarhar Province – Nangarhar is located in the eastern part of the country. It is divided into twenty-two districts and has a population of about 1,436,000. The city of Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar province. Wikipedia Area: 2,983 mi² Population: 1.436 million (2013)

Takhar Province – Takhar is located in the northeast part of the country next to Tajikistan. It is surrounded by Badakhshan in the east, Panjshir in the south and Baghlan and Kunduz in the west. Wikipedia Area: 4,762 mi² Population: 933,700 (2012)


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Twitter: @PDMAK


 Khatlon Region province – Farkhor District

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Phone Numbers 


Emergency112 or 119

Police: 119

Medical: 102

Fire: 119



Police: 15

Medical: 115

Fire: 16

Sea/Mountain Rescue: 1122

Emergency Relief Phone Numbers


  • Swat Valley and Buner District, KPK:
  • Deputy Commissioner – 09469240338
  • SMS – ‘DCS’ to 8333
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) PDMA control room hotlines: (source)
  • 091-9213845
  • 091-9213959
  • 091-9223662
  • District Administration Peshawar Control Room, Emergency Numbers for Rescue & Relief: (source)
  • 091-9212302
  • 091-9211338
  • DC office Battagram: emergencies: (source)
  • 0997-310136
  • 0997-310030
  • Chitral: emergency relief and report damage: (source) (source)
  • 0943412055
  • 0943412519
  • DPO Chitral: 0345-9222262
  • DSP HQ: 0345-5411106
  • DSP Upper Chitral: 0343-9001577
  • DSP Drosh: 0321/0300-9328666

Information Helplines


  • PTV information hotlines: (source)
  • 0519206978
  • 03006337544
  • KP Province: Health Dept numbers for communication of injured and dead: (source)
  • 091-9212339
  • 091-9210269
  • Fax 091-9210230
  • Cell 03339158731

Foreign Nationals

  • U.S. citizens in Afghanistan: for emergency assistance please contact (source) 

Reunification Numbers and Websites:

Maps/Situational Awareness

USGS Report

Google Crisis Map 

Pacific Disaster Center Report 

Earthquake Reporter Report

NDMA Interactive Pakistan Earthquake Map

Intensity Map, Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan (Source: CSEM EMSC)

Affected areas in Afghanistan (Source: UNOCHA)


Affected districts in Pakistan (Source: UNOCHA)

Shelters and Relief Camps


27 Oct:

  • Pakistan army helicopters were evacuating victims Tuesday to the provincial capital Peshawar and to Rawalpindi, which borders Islamabad. (source)

Relief Camps:

  • Dir (Pakistan Army relief camp)
  • Chitral (Pakistan Army relief camp)
  • Bajaur (Pakistan Army relief camp) (source)

Red Cross / Red Crescent

Offices and Contact Information


Afghan Red Crescent

5th District, Oargha Road, Headquarter Office, Kabul

Phone: +93 799652893



Pakistan Red Crescent

National Headquarter, Sector H-8, Islamabad

Phone: (92) (51) 925 04 04/925 0744/925 0776

Fax: (92) (51) 925 04 08




27 Oct:

Medical teams of Pakistan Red Crescent have established mobile medical camps in areas of Chitral, Shangla and Korghar which are the most affected regions with less medical facilities.

PRC based on the initial needs is providing CGI sheets along with shelter toolkit and non-food items that include Tarpauline sheets, blankets, stove, kitchen set and hygiene set to over 2040 families in KPK, GB and FATA. (source)

26 Oct:

The Pakistan Red Crescent National Disaster Response Team has been dispatched to the AJK, GB and KPK regions.  The rescue teams have shifted the injured to different hospitals. Initial reports indicate 81 fatalities and over 300 injured. (source)





27 Oct:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that hospitals in the affected areas have been contacted and are reporting sufficient medicines & supplies for the injured. (source)

26 Oct:

  • Afghanistan:  The Nangarhar public health hospital has received over 70 injured and has had six fatalities. (source)


  • Nangarhar University Hospital, Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Hassanzai Curative Hospital, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Phone: +93 70 060 2350
  • Jalalabad University Hospital, GPS: 34.436611, 70.446350, A1, Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Fatima Zahra Hospital, Jalalabad, Asadabah City, Thana Town, GPS: 34°26’15″N   70°26’47″E
  • Sehat Ama Hospital, GPS: 34.437664, 70.437614, Sehat-Ama Hospital is next to Kambū Khwaṟ and is located in Nangarhār, Afghanistan.



27 Oct:

  • Medical teams from the Pakistan Red Crescent have established mobile medical camps in the areas of Chitral, Shangla and Korghar where there are less medical facilities. (source)
  • The government has ordered that all treatment (tests, diagnostics) are free for earthquake victims. (source)
  • The Pakistan Air Force is deploying a 25 bed hospital today.  The NDMA will send air ambulance and medical teams. (source)
  • The Prime Minister ordered that the Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital in Swat be made functional. (source)  Construction on this 116-bed hospital was completed in July 2015. (source)
  • A nine-bed mobile hospital with a team of surgeons has been dispatched to Dir. (source)
  • The Jawans from the Chitral Police have sent their beds to the DHQ Hospital in Chitral.  A Police Ambulance is also at the disposal of the hospital. (source)
  • The Ayub Teaching Hospital in Abbottabad has treated a total of 83 patients injured by the earthquake. (source)
  • Statistics of patients brought to hospitals and treated in KP Province. (source)
  • Pakistani humanitarian:  “Please do not visit hospitals just report with ur village Nazim, Councilor , District or Town member , they all are on ground.” (source)

26 Oct:

  • There have been 133 seriously injured patients in the MSF-run emergency department of Timergara hospital in the PKP province. (source)
  • 194 injured were brought to Swat’s Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital, which does not have adequate medical facilities. (source)
  • Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar has appealed for blood of all types. (source)
  • An emergency has been declared for all health facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to help provide medical facilities to the injured. (source)

Hospital Information:

Urgent Needs and Relief



27 Oct:

  • Sonatullah Taimor, a spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan’s Takhar province, said food, blankets and tents were in short supply at a time when people have been warned to sleep outside, in near-freezing temperatures, in case of aftershocks. (source)


27 Oct:

  • According to a police official in Peshawar, they have not been able to get in touch with authorities in the district of Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  There is no way to communicate with Kohistan because the communication system has been disrupted and roads blocked. (source)
  • Many people in the Upper Dir lost their homes and livestock and are desperately looking for food and shelter. (source)

Relief Effort


27 Oct:

  • Most of the affected people live in northern Pakistan, where rain and snow are making relief efforts difficult. (source)
  • The Pakistani Interior Minister has directed Chairman NADRA to provide duplicate CNIC to the quake-affected people without requiring any documentation. (source)
  • Two army helicopters are also participating in ongoing relief missions, one each in Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (source)
  • The DC Peshawar is mobilizing the ‘Mera Peshawar’ Volunteers Task Force to assist with earthquake relief. (source)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province:

  • The Army has established 27 points for distribution of relief goods. (source)
  • The NDMA has released 2,000 tents, 2,000 blankets and 2,000 floor mats to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (source) 
  • A Pakistan Air Force C-130 cargo plane left for Chitral carrying seven tons of rations, 2,500 ready meals, additional medical teams and 1,000 tents and blankets for distribution in remote areas. (source)
  • Twenty tons of rations, 10,000 ready to eat meals, 1,000 tents and 500 blankets have been dispatched by road for distribution in the Dir District. An Army Relief Camp and various ration distribution points have also been established. (source)
  • The government has sent two thousand tents to the earthquake affected areas.  An MI-17 helicopter has been placed at the disposal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for relief efforts. (source)
  • The police in Chitral are distributing drinkable water from their police water tank. (source)

Gilgit Baltistan:

  • Rescue work is ongoing and rescue teams are spread in Gilgit Baltistan. (source)

Vulnerable Populations

27 Oct:

  • UNICEF warns that children in the earthquake-hit areas are facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid.  Heavy rain and snow are compounding the situation.  Communication is poor and access difficult due to the tough terrain and security operations.  UNICEF is warning that health, nutrition, hygiene and education services will now be under exceptional stress. (source)
  • IPPF South Asia is ready to deploy.  They say the safety and protection of women and girls and ensuring safe childbirth are key concerns in the earthquake affected areas.  Female friendly spaces are important to ensure safety and protection of women and adolescent girls in emergency. (source)
  • According to the Afghanistan government, 76 including women & children were killed and 268 others were wounded in the quake that hit Afghanistan yesterday. Numbers may increase. (source)



26 Oct:

  • A high school collapsed in Saray Sang, Takhar Province.  At least 11 children were killed and 25 injured in a stampede to escape the building. (source)


26 Oct:

  • Chitral:  All educational institutes, both public and private, will remain closed 27 Oct throughout Malakand Div. (source)
  • All schools and colleges of Dir Upper will be closed tomorrow. (source)
  • University of Swat all campuses will remain closed for students on 27,28 and 29 October. (source)


Flights and Airport Status:

26 Oct:

  • No reports of damage at airports.


List of airports in Afghanistan

List of airports in Pakistan

Roads, Bridges


26 Oct:

  • Drivers on Kabul- Jalalabad highway report the main highway is closed to traffic after earthquake.  Big stones collapsed from mountains. (source)


27 Oct:

  • Twenty-seven out of 45 landslides have been cleared by FWO so far at KKH. (source)

26 Oct:

  • Reported landslide in Gilgit around bridge near Danyore.  Damage to bridge unknown. (source).
  • Reports that sections of the Karakorum highway, the only land route linking Pakistan to China, were cut off by landslides. (source)


Status of Communication Networks

27 Oct:

  • Pakistan: damage in Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is unknown due to communications being down. (source)
  • Pakistan:  Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that government is utilizing all resources to save human lives and restore communication links in the quake-affected areas. (source)

26 Oct:

  • Afghanistan:  Some mobile networks are down in Afghanistan, and some provinces are out of contact. (source)
  • Pakistan:  reported that phones are not working in Gilgit, Hunza, and Gojal, Pakistan. (source)

Communications Companies and Contact Information

Telecommunication companies in Pakistan

Pakistan UFoneFacebook

Pakistan Mobilink Facebook 

Amateur Radio

International radio call sign prefixes by country

Radio Afghanistan on 7200 kHz

Pakistan Amateur Radio SocietyFacebook


Status of Water Supply

27 Oct:

  • Pakistan, Chitral:  Water supply to 80,000 people damaged due to the earthquake.  Work to restore it is in progress. (source)

Companies & Contact Information

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority

Power and Fuel

Status of Power and Gas

27 Oct:

  • Pakistan:  The Ministry of Water and Power has issued special instructions to all Distribution Companies to immediately form special teams to restore power and ensure the safety of electricity installations in the earthquake hit areas. (source)

26 Oct:

  • Pakistan:  According to Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power, all hydropower installations were safe in the wake of the earthquake. (source)

Companies & Contact Information

Power companies in Pakistan

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority

Oil and gas companies in Pakistan

Pictures and Videos


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Facebook Accounts of Interest


Ministry of Internal Affairs 

Ministry of Defense


Khaama Press


Pakistan Army 

Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority

Pakistan Red Crescent 



Official event hashtags:  #Afghanquake, #AfghanistanEarthquake #EarthquakePakistan

Location Hashtags: 

#AFG (Afghanistan)



#GB ( Gilgit–Baltistan region of #Pakistan #GB #HunzaValley #Gilgit)


#KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan)



Twitter Accounts of Interest


@ARG_AFG – Office of President of Afghanistan

@ashrafghani – President of Afghanistan

@USEmbassyKabul – US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

@afgexecutive – Chief Executive of Afghanistan

@ZafarHashemi – Deputy Spokesman for President of Afghanistan

@IOMAfghanistan – International Organization for Migration, Afghanistan

@RDanzigerIOM – Chief of Mission, IOM Afghanistan

@AyazGul64 – journalist

@MujMash – writer

@bsarwary – journalist


@PRC_Official – Pakistan Red Crescent

@pid_gov – government Press Information Department

@AsimBajwaISPR – Pakistan Army Public Relations

@oawarraich – Deputy Commissioner, Chitral

@ChitralPolice – Police of Chitral

@DC_Chitral – district commission, Chitral

@PTIofficial – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice)

@ImranKhanPTI – Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

@PDMAKP – Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

@infokpgovt – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government information

@KPKUpdates – news from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

@PtiNorthPunjab – PTI North Punjab

@PTIPunjabPK – PTI Punjab

@MTILRH – Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan

@ath_abbottabad – Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad

@HmcPesh – Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Hospital, Peshawar

@OCHAPakistan – UNOCHA in Pakistan

@MSF_Ind – Medicins Sans Frontieres, India (responding in Pakistan)

@UNICEF_Pakistan – UNICEF Pakistan

@Zeeshan_Mehboob – member of PTI social media team

@RadioPakistan – Radio Pakistan

@Rabeelch – journalist

@TahirImran – journalist

@ShirazHassan – journalist


@EMSC – NGO provider of rapid earthquake information

@USGS – US Geological Survey

@atanzeem – journalist

Traditional Media and Blogs


Khaama Press

BBC Persian

Afghan Post

Television Stations



  • Ary News – Ary News is a 24/7 news TV channel based in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Dawat-e-Islami is a global non-political movement for the propagation of Quran and Sunnah and is based in Karachi, the Capital of Pakistan.
  • Dawn News is a 24/7 Urdu news channel based in Karachi and is a subsidiary of Pakistan Herald Publications Limited (PHPL), Pakistan’s largest English-language media group.
  • Dunya TV  a news and current affairs television channel from Pakistan in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Geo News is a Karachi-based news channel
  • Hadi TV is a religious satellite television channel.
  • Minhaj TV is a satellite television station from Lahore, Pakistan. The channel provides news and Islamic Religious shows as a service of Minhaj-ul-Quran International.
  • n Vibe TV is an independent, private global Satellite TV channel based in Karachi and is supported in Pakistan by Media Unlimited (Pvt.) Ltd (MUPL).
  • PCN TV is a Christian channel
  • Raah TV is an infotainment TV channel based in Karachi.
  • Royal News  is a 24/7 News TV channel based in Lahore, Capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab.
  • Samaa TV is a privately owned satellite News and current affairs TV channel
  • Sindh TV News LIVE is the first Sindhi channel of Pakistan targeting the Sindhi speaking community and is owned by Dolphan Media House.
  • VSH News is a Balochi TV channel owned by the Visionary Balochistan Media Corporation.
  • WAQT News

Radio Stations

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