It was 10 years ago on 8th October at 8:52am that a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck northern Pakistan. The earthquake struck an enormous part of NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province), taking the lives of 87,000 people and injuring another 140,000. Entire villages and towns were destroyed, leaving people without shelter, possessions, clothing or food. It was estimated that more than 580,000 animals were also killed in the disaster and thousands were injured and unable to work.
In the immediate aftermath of the quake the Brooke, a UK based charity helping working horses, donkeys and mules in developing countries, supported a 40-strong donkey train to deliver medical supplies, blankets and food along a 7 km treacherous mountainous route rising up to 8,000 ft. During the 13-day operation, 50 tonnes of supplies were delivered to desperate, needy people stranded high up in the mountains.