02 Nov South Asia: Air Serv International response 2 Nov 2005
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Oct. 8, 2005, at 8:50 a.m. local time. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, and approximately 60 miles northeast of Islamabad. Aftershocks continue in the affected areas.
The delivery of humanitarian assistance is complicated by the mountainous area, cold weather and damaged or collapsed infrastructure, making Air Serv’s aircraft even more crucial to the disaster response. With an office in Islamabad since 2002, Air Serv is an established, registered non-governmental organization in Pakistan.
Working with Medecines sans Frontieres Holland, Air Serv is using its AS-350 helicopters to fly medical teams to relief camps and isolated villages, and we are providing medevac flights to victims in need of more intensive care. We also are using our helicopters to sling-load much needed medical supplies into the mountainous regions where earthquake victims are trying to survive the coming winter chill.
Air Serv is in need of donations to help support our disaster response in Pakistan and other locations. Click on Give a Gift to the right to make an online donation or send your donation to Air Serv International, 410 Rosedale Court, Warrenton, VA 20186.