The 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005, caused a large number of deaths, and left more than 100,000 people injured and an estimated 3 million people displaced or homeless. To assist the Government of Pakistan in the preparation of a rehabilitation plan, the first step was to identify the vulnerable people living in the tent camps. The Population Council completed an assessment survey of the camps in the earthquake area. This assessment is distinctive from the surveys carried out previously, since it collects socio-demographic and vulnerability indicators about each individual. The assessment is useful in tracking the conditions of especially vulnerable individuals and strives to support the Government of Pakistan and other donor agencies to develop their rehabilitation plans. As noted in this report, the survey estimated the extent of the vulnerability, i.e. the numbers of orphans, widows, children, and elderly. Findings have been used in developing the basis of the Government of Pakistan’s rehabilitation plan.
Mahmood, Arshad. 2006. "Earthquake vulnerability assessment Pakistan, 2005–06." Islamabad: Population Council.