By Caritas Pakistan staff
The death toll from a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Balochistan in southwest Pakistan on 24 September has risen up to 355 and 513 injured, while many people are reported to be still missing.
So far about 300,000 people have been affected by the earthquake. It will take some time to understand the real picture of the situation as many areas are still cut off.
About 90 percent of houses in Awaran have been destroyed. Officials said the tremors demolished hundreds of mud houses and it was feared that the death toll would increase.
The Pakistani government has asked Caritas Pakistan to take prompt action to provide assistance to the victims of the earthquake, many of whom are in dire need.
Caritas Pakistan will provide tents, drinking water, hygiene kits, food, winter kits and other aid items.
Caritas Pakistan staff members has already left for the affected areas after taking all the safety and security precautionary measures.
Meanwhile, Caritas is receiving information through our volunteers those are already in Awaran and other affected areas.