Serial No. 109-109: South Asia Earthquake: Impact and Humanitarian Response, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, October 20, 2005   [open pdf - 309KB]

This is the October 20, 2005 hearing titled "South Asia Earthquake: Impact and Humanitarian Response" held before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the U.S. House Committee on International Relations. From the opening statement of James A. Leach: "The subject of our hearing this afternoon is the United States and international response to the catastrophic earthquake that devastated much of Pakistan and parts of India on October 8th. All Americans are united in expressing their condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy. The case for prompt humanitarian assistance to the many thousands throughout the region affected by this calamity is compelling. As our witnesses will describe in more detail, aftershocks continue to traumatize the beleaguered populace in the affected Himalayan areas of India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, courageous efforts to provide humanitarian assistance have been hampered by the daunting terrain and the onset of the Himalayan winter, as well as the damage wrought to transportation and related infrastructure. To date, India has recorded approximately 1,400 fatalities, and the Government of Pakistan has confirmed approximately 50,000 deaths, while local officials suggest that the final figures may be substantially higher. Tens of thousands of people were injured in the quake zone, the vast majority of them in Pakistan-controlled areas of Kashmir. While there are many pressing humanitarian needs around the globe, the importance of providing immediate shelter, food, and healthcare to the victims of this disaster must be considered an urgent, international priority." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christina B. Rocca, Michael E. Hess, Peter F. Verga, James A. Leach, and Eni F.H. Faleomavaega.

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