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- Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - From Print Edition


LAHORE: Adversity is not new to Pakistan. Currently in the throes of terrorism, Pakistan has been confronted with natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, windstorms, droughts and cyclones.


Here follows a brief list of the natural calamities that have hit different areas in Pakistan before and after the country’s inception: -The May 31, 1935 quake in Quetta (then part of British India) had killed 60,000 people


-The November 27, 1945 Balochistan quake claimed about 4,000 lives


-The 1950 floods saw 2,900 humans perishing


-The June 12, 1964 cyclone made landfall in Sindh’s Tharparkar and Hyderabad districts, killing 450 people and rendering over 400,000 homeless


-The December 15, 1965 windstorm in Karachi led to 10,000 deaths


-The December 28, 1974 Hunza earthquake caused between 4,700 and 5,200 deaths


-The June 1977 floods made 848 Pakistanis jump into the valley of death


-The September 1992 floods took a toll of 1,334 lives


-The November 14, 1993 Category-1 hurricane had weakened over the sea near Sindh-Gujarat border due to high wind shear, but not before it had killed 609 people in Thatta and Badin districts


-The 1995 and 1996 floods left millions homeless


-The March 1998 floods claimed another 1,000 lives


-The June 1998, cyclone of Arabian Sea killed 12 people in Karachi


-The strong May 20, 1999 hurricane hit Keti Bandar near Karachi, killing 6,200 people and had made landfall at peak intensity


-The March 2000 drought affected over 2.2 million people


-The October 2004 cyclonic storm killed nine people around Karachi


-The devastating October 8, 2005 Muzaffarabad earthquake (the 18th deadliest earthquake of all time) left 100,000 dead and 138,000 injured, besides displacing another 3.5 million


-The June 2010 Arabian Sea cyclone claimed 14 lives


-The July/August 2010 floods had seen one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area submerging underwater, affecting about 20 million people and killing over 2,000 humans who had come in the way of the raging waters. It was estimated that the July/August 2010 floods damages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan areas were in excess of $43 billion.