'I felt like this was the end'

Eyewitnesses recall the horrifying 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Pakistan, Afghanistan and India


Afp/Amina Khan/umer Farooq October 26, 2015
A rescue worker carries a child who was injured during an earthquake. PHOTO: REUTERS

As a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, fear and panic gripped residents.

Over a hundred people were feared dead and the toll was expected to rise as most areas remained inaccessible and phone and electricity lines were disrupted.

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Here are some eyewitness accounts:

 “I felt like this was the end”

The Express Tribune Peshawar correspondent Amina Khan recalled she was working at the news desk with her colleagues when she first felt the tremors.

“I quickly looked back at my colleague and he signaled me to stand and stay calm. Our office is on the first storey of the building and I could feel the floor swinging—not swaying but swinging. My colleague walked through the door, asking me to follow him.”

As she rushed to the door, others scrambled their way out of the exit door.

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“I followed them onto the staircase; I just couldn’t fathom what was happening. The whole building felt like it was swaying and I felt like this was the end,” she said.

“The office, the stairs were shaking. I just stopped in the middle of the stairs, thinking this was the point the building would fall down around me; I could hear the door downstairs banging and making a racket. I froze in fear but people were screaming in Pashto “bahar uzayi” (go outside).”

“So, I made my way outside to the street. There were so many people, you could hear some chanting some whispering Ya Allah Khair. I walked through them and started weeping because it was the strongest earthquake that I felt outside and I wasn’t even home but amongst so many people. I didn’t have my phone on me and was just drowning in mixed emotions.”

But amongst the fear, something made Amina feel even weaker… “I felt even more of a coward when I saw that our cameraman was on top of our building still capturing people.”

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“We were very scared”

"We were very scared ... We saw people leaving buildings, and we were remembering our God," Pakistani journalist Zubair Khan said by telephone from the Swat Valley northwest of the capital, Islamabad. "I was in my car, and when I stopped my car, the car itself was shaking as if someone was pushing it back and forth."

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Here is a sound byte from our Peshawar correspondent Umer Farooq who was present at the Lady Reading Hospital as a sea of injured were brought in.

 

COMMENTS (1)

Imran Khan | 6 years ago | Reply In a 7.5 scale earthquake I felt the same that it was over , I cried for a week. This has made me really humble. I have no love for wealth, I try to help people more. Fear of God has come in my heart.
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