A powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude struck the major cities of Pakistan on October 26, 2015, leaving at least 279 people dead and injuring over 1,300 people. There was widespread damage in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The most affected areas from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa included Shangla, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Swat and Chitral. In fact, 81 thousands houses were destroyed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone. The quake was also felt in the neighboring countries, and reportedly caused widespread panic and alarm across the entire region.
NUST Community Service Club (NCSC) believes in helping those in need immediately, and so, the council, under the supervision and support of NUST Administration, initiated its Earthquake relief campaign right after the disaster hit the country. This included hand-to-hand collection by NCSC council from Headquarters, Residential Area, Departments, Masjid-e-Rehmat and Cafeterias inside NUST, H-12, for three long weeks. Through strenuous efforts and tiring hard work, the collection of funds included contributions from NUST Volunteers Club (NVC), College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (C of E&ME) and funds collected through Buzz Night conducted by NUST Science Society.
NCSC also approached Army Authorities in Swat who indicated the need for bedding and warm clothing, as food and medicines in sufficient quantities had already been provided. Accordingly, residents were approached in Islamabad Campus and College of E&ME, both of whom gave a very positive response.
As a result, 6.5 Lac in cash and a reasonable quantity of clothing items were collected. Around 200 sets (quilt, pillow, and sheet) of bedding were arranged from Faisalabad and number of gents/ ladies shawls and sweaters, along with colored pencils, were purchased by the students from the local market (F/A).
After necessary coordination with Army Authorities in Swat, NUST team (F/B) was sent to Swat on Nov 22, 2015. The team was warmly received and escorted by the Army authorities, and treated to a welcome brunch. A distribution stall was set up hosting a collection of warm clothing and arranged bedding. Approximately 60 deserving families, identified earlier by the Army authorities, gathered at the area to receive the packages being distributed by the NUST team. Leftover items were handed over to the Army authorities to be distributed in far flung areas.
The kind gesture by NUST was appreciated by the victims and concerned Military authorities who commended the team on living up to NCSC’s motto to help those in need.