Kashmir earthquake 2005

One year on

Oxfam buckets are unloaded ready to distribute to survivors. Credit: Naureen Khan/Oxfam
Oxfam buckets are unloaded ready to distribute to survivors. Credit: Naureen Khan/Oxfam

On 8 October 2005, a massive earthquake devastated Kashmir, Pakistan and northern India, claiming at least 73,000 lives, and leaving more than 3 million people homeless.

One year after the disaster, the reconstruction effort has achieved a great deal but is far from over. More needs to be done, especially to protect 1.8 million people facing a second winter under inadequate shelter.

Our work on the ground has reached nearly one million people; with our advocacy and policy work helping to improve the rights of affected communities. Click the following link for more details of Oxfam's response.

Latest news

Pakistan earthquake one year on: 1.8 million people still in temporary shelter as snow falls

October 4, 2006

: Earthquake survivors at risk as Himalayan winter starts early – At least 1.8 million people still in temporary shelter as snow falls

South Asia earthquake six months on: Aid effort saved lives but quake survivors need continuing support

April 10, 2006

Six months after last year’s earthquake, many of the two million people left homeless by Pakistan’s biggest natural disaster face a critical time, said Oxfam International on Friday.

Global emergency fund launched today: poor countries pledge money but New Zealand stalls

March 10, 2006

Developing nations Pakistan, India and Egypt have all pledged money to a global emergency fund, however, New Zealand as well as other richer donor countries Germany and Japan, have not yet given a single cent, said Oxfam today. The fund was launched today by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York.

Latest stories

October 12, 2006

Oxfam's Kate Simpson visits the Shamlai valley where we have been constructing latrines and carrying out public health work with communities affected by the October 2005 earthquake.

October 8, 2006

On 8 October 2005 a massive earthquake struck Kashmir, northern Pakistan and northern India. The devastation was on a huge scale, hundreds of towns and villages were damaged or razed, and thousands of hospitals and schools were largely destroyed. One year on the survivors continue rebuilding their homes, communities and livelihoods.

January 31, 2006

More than three months after first visiting Pakistan's earthquake-stricken zone, The Guardian Photographer of the Year, Dan Chung, visits the remote hilltop village of Kuz Ganrshal in northern Pakistan. The hardy people of Kuz Ganrshal were unprepared to move to refugee camps after last year's earthquake, preferring to live up to five families per home instead. Oxfam has distributed blankets, plastic sheets, mats, hygiene kits and tents.

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