Columbia joins the global community in offering condolences to all who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods as a result of the recent earthquake in Pakistan.
Many regions of our world have suffered devastation and catastrophic loss of life in the wake of recent natural disasters. While the catastrophes in this country and elsewhere have been devastating, U.N. officials and relief operation experts have described the situation in South and Central Asia following the Oct. 8 earthquake as the worst disaster of the century; far worse than the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.
The 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Pakistan's north is estimated to have killed 79,000, and aftershocks are still continuing in the north. About 3.3 million people are homeless, many villages are cut off by landslides and the brutal Himalayan winter will begin in three weeks, further underscoring the immediate need for tents, blankets, food and other essentials.
Many in the Columbia community are joining others across the globe in offering assistance to the survivors of these tragedies in the form of donations, public health service, relief efforts and prevention strategies.
For example, the Columbia University Asian American Alliance will host a fundraiser to benefit victims of the South Asian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina on Wed., Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Altschul Atrium. The event will feature the Ken Oak Band. Donations are $2 for admittance. Food also will be available for purchase.
Those wishing to donate money or time to the earthquake or hurricane relief efforts may contact the following organizations: