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Earthquake mortality in Pakistan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19682002     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A strong earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, hit northern Pakistan on 8 October 2005, causing massive destruction, including an official death toll of 73,276. Four cross-sectional surveys were performed in late 2005 to assess mortality before the event, on the day, and subsequently. Two surveys were community-based and two were situated in camps for internally displaced persons. Crude mortality rates were low in the 3.5 months preceding the earthquake (less than 0.1 deaths per 10,000 per day) and slightly higher in the six-to-eight weeks after the earthquake (ranging from 0.10-0.43 per 10,000 per day). On 8 October 2005, approximately two per cent of the population in one community survey died and around five per cent in the other three surveys. Children less than five years and adults more than or equal to 50 years tended to have a higher risk of mortality on the day of the disaster. These results corroborate the high mortality caused by the earthquake.
Kevin M Sullivan; S M Moazzem Hossain
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disasters     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1467-7717     ISO Abbreviation:  Disasters     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-03-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7702072     Medline TA:  Disasters     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  176-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Earthquakes / mortality*
Middle Aged
Pakistan / epidemiology
Young Adult

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