On 26 October 2015, a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the border of Pakistan, causing more than 300 deaths and injuries to at least 2500 people. Thousands of houses were damaged across the country as a result of the earthquake.
The day after the earthquake, Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, the newly-elected Chief Commissioner of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) visited Peshawar Scout Headquarters and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Boy Scouts Association as a show of support for the Scouts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and others, who are actively engaged in the rescue of the survivors.
After being briefed on the situation, Rahila Hameed visited the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar and enquired about the well-being of the women and children affected by the earthquake. She was impressed by the assistance being extended by the Peshawar, Khyber Agency and Matta Scouts, and encouraged them to help the survivors to the best of their abilities.
Scouts at Swat Valley, one of the badly affected areas, are also helping the survivors to search for their belongings from among the rubble of damaged buildings, and providing them with shelter and necessities.
Some blocks of the Pakistan Scouts Cadet College are also severely affected by the earthquake. Classes are now being conducted in makeshift classrooms. There is an urgent need to rebuild these blocks in view of the approaching winter.
Scouts have once again shown to affected communities that they can rise to the occasion to provide the support that is required.
For latest updates on the earthquake rescue and relief efforts, follow the PBSA on their Facebook page.
Read more about international issues here in the International Matter (October 2015)