Pakistan earthquake relief operation
On 10 October 2005, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre received from Pakistan an urgent request for assistance in coping with the aftermath of the devastating 8 October earthquake.
The earthquake was estimated to have killed 73,000 people and left up to four million people homeless in the affected area.
In certain districts, 90 percent of the houses were destroyed and all of the school buildings collapsed.
In response, on 11 October, NATO agreed to airlift to Pakistan urgently-needed supplies donated by NATO member and partner countries as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre, working in conjunction with UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, coordinated offers from NATO and partner countries indicating the intent to use NATO’s lift assistance.
In total, some 168 NATO flights delivered almost 3,500 tons of relief supplies. The airlift came to an end on 9 February 2006.
On 21 October 2005, NATO agreed to boost its assistance to Pakistan by deploying forces on the ground to assist in the relief effort. These included engineers and medical units from NATO's Response Force. The 90-day mission ended on 1 February.