Survivors are sleeping out in the open in freezing winter temperatures
The most severely affected villages are in the Astore Valley, and initial reports suggest that nearly all homes in Turbaling, Khudkasht and Dashkin have been destroyed.
Snowfall has already begun in most areas, and people are ill-equipped to cope with a severe winter. Many are without warm clothing or shoes – their belongings lie buried under the rubble of their homes.
Medical facilities in the area are unable to cope with the increase in pneumonia and respiratory tract infections related to exposure to extreme cold.
Relief efforts have been hampered by roads blocked or damaged by landslides. Initially, all emergency relief goods were airlifted into the area by army helicopters, however some roads have now been cleared.
Islamic Relief has delivered food, tents, quilts, medicines, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and warm clothing. Coordinating its response with the Pakistani Government and army, Islamic Relief is also working in partnership with international NGOs including Oxfam, WHO, Concern, Save the Children (UK), CWS and CRS.
Islamic Relief staff are working hard to meet the needs of the thousands of Pakistanis left stranded in the open as winter snows arrive. However, without hope of permanent shelter the situation for the earthquake survivors remains bleak.