Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today offered his condolences to his counterpart in Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, following the earthquake last night in Baluchistan Province, which claimed many lives and destroyed hundreds of houses.
Federal Minister Steinmeier today (29 October) wrote as follows to Foreign Minister Qureshi:
"After our meeting yesterday in Islamabad, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the serious earthquake near Quetta.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and the people of Pakistan, also on behalf of my fellow Germans. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those whom the earthquake has deprived of their worldly belongings.
Germany is ready to help swiftly and simply, should you so desire. The Federal Government is in a position to provide 250,000 euro for emergency measures. Please let us know what else we can do to help overcome this terrible tragedy. I have asked the German embassy in Islamabad to act as your point of contact in this matter."
A first assessment has shown that tents, blankets and basic foodstuffs are particularly urgently needed in the affected region. Germany is supporting emergency aid projects organized by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and by various German relief organizations and their partners on the ground.
Pakistan is regularly hit by severe earthquakes. In October 2005 an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale devastated Kashmir and northern Pakistan. In response to that catastrophe the Federal Foreign Office provided emergency aid totalling 6.9 million euro.
More information on humanitarian aid can be found on the Federal Foreign Office's website at: