Oct 20, 2015
On 26 October, an earthquake in the Hindu Kush mountains shook Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although assessment is still underway, the damage seems less severe than originally feared. Still, hundreds were killed and many left homeless at the start of winter. For many, it was a brutal reminder of an even more devastating day ten years earlier. On 8 October 2005, as children made their way to school, the earth shook in northern Pakistan. By the time it stilled, schools, homes and hospitals lay in rubble. The region’s infrastructure was devastated, 73,338 people were dead, and 3.5 million in some of Pakistan’s poorest and most remote areas were affected.