Earthquake rocks South Asia; IMB assessing ways to help10/8/2005A 7.6-magnitude earthquake on the Pakistan-India border is feared to have killed more than 2,000 people in both nations. No International Mission Board personnel were harmed by the event, says Gordon Fort, IMB vice president for Overseas Operations.
The U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site the quake hit at 8:50 a.m. local time, centered about 65 miles northeast of Islamabad.
IMB field leadership is assessing the situation and will be coordinating possible responses with the boardís World Hunger and Relief Ministries. Southern Baptists, who have historically responded to earthquake devastation generously and quickly, can begin praying now for the IMBís disaster assessment and relief planning. Pray for people directly affected by the earthquake and those who already seek to meet their needs.