On October 26, 2015, at 1409 hrs, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The epicenter was 76 Km south of Feyzabad Afghanistan, north of the Chitral border of Pakistan. The earthquake has been calculated to have occurred due to reverse faulting at approximately 190 Km below the earth’s surface where the Indian tectonic plate moves northward and collides with Eurasian plate at a velocity of about 37 mm/yr. This convergence collision has produced the highest mountain peaks in the world including the Himalayan, the Karakoram, the Pamir and the Hindu Kush ranges.
Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director for Pakistan, spoke with WIRED about the earthquake.
Nick Stockton 10.27.15
On Monday, a massive earthquake shook the Hindu Kush mountains. Residents felt its effects across hundreds of miles, but so far reports of any destruction have been minimal relative to the quake’s 7.51 magnitude.
That doesn’t mean the threat is over. Tomorrow, military and aid workers will survey the damage in outlying areas, and probably return with more injured and dead. But not all earthquake damage can be counted in bodies. In the coming months...
More than 200 people have died, mostly in Pakistan, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan. Tremors were also felt in northern India and Tajikistan. At least 12 of the victims were Afghan schoolgirls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their building.
The earthquake center was in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 76km (45 miles) south of Faizabad. The death toll is set to rise as the most severely affected areas are very remote and communications have been cut off.
RMF’s Pakistan team is closely monitoring the situation, preparing our relief efforts.
In Pakistan, at...
October 25, 2015
Hurricane Patricia—the strongest hurricane ever recorded—made landfall on Friday without causing the catastrophic damage that many had anticipated. That lack of destruction is in large part due to the storm’s record winds staying confined to a small area and hitting a relatively unpopulated region.
And while Hurricane Patricia avoided the most populated places along the coast, experts said that the storm had caused widespread damage in the area it did hit, including mud slides, flooding and power outages. Officials in the more densely populated areas, like Puerto Vallarta, also appeared to follow preparation practices that would diminish...
Emergency Response: Hurricane Patricia
Catastrophic Landfall Expected Soon in Mexico; Patricia Becomes Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded
October 23, 2015
A potentially catastrophic landfall is expected Friday evening as a very powerful and dangerous Hurricane Patricia moves towards Mexico’s Pacific coast. Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere on Friday morning as its maximum sustained winds reached an unprecedented 200 mph (320 kph).
The hurricane is forecast to make landfall in the Mexican state of Jalisco Friday evening as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane capable of causing widespread destruction. Residents and authorities in Mexico...
Health eVillages and Real Medicine Foundation expand joint initiative to reduce world’s highest maternal mortality rate in South Sudan
South Sudan program extension enhances quality and timeliness of patient care for expectant mothers
READING, MA – (August 31, 2015) – Health eVillages, a program of Physicians Interactive and the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) announced that they are launching the next phase of their partnership in South Sudan, aimed at reducing the world’s highest maternal mortality rate.
Building upon the success of their initial collaboration with RMF in South...
by Barsha Dharel
After a stalemate of 8 long years, the first ever constitution written by people’s representatives was promulgated on 20th September 2015 in Nepal. The country, however, remained divided, especially on few contentious issues on social inclusion and federal demarcation.
Madhesi (indigenous group based predominantly in the Terai Plains region in Nepal) and Tharu (ethnic group indigenous to Terai) parties opposed the new constitution stating that it curtailed the rights of Madhesis, Tharus, Dalits (so-called-untouchables), Janajatis (indigenous groups) and other marginalised communities. This led to violent protests and political unrest, leading to the deaths of more than 40...
The seventh annual AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit was held in Washington D.C. on the 10th and 11th of September at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The two day summit had more than 350 participants representing NGOs, UN agencies, donors, governments, military personnel, academia and the private sector. The topics discussed this year were security and logistics, health and WASH, ICT and data, and field operations for disaster response and management.
Dr. Martina Fuchs participated on the first day as a panelist … The first Health and WASH panel on Reducing Health Consequences During Emergency Situations...
Logistics Cluster Nepal Earthquake Situation Update (1 September 2015)
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On Thursday September 10, RMF CEO and Founder Dr. Martina Fuchs will be a speaker during this year’s AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit. Please see the attached agenda for details (click each page to enlarge).