Aid begins to reach thousands of people affected by Afghanistan earthquake


An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed more than 1,000 people and injured some 1,500.

Aid started this Thursday for thousands of people affected in the areas hardest hit by the 6.1 on the Richter scale in eastern AfghanistanThat killed more than a thousand people and injured about 1,500in what is one of the worst disasters to hit this country in decades.

In response to the humanitarian emergency, a convoy has left Kabul to immediately support “4,000 people with shelter, tents, blankets and other supplies to protect them from bad weather and to meet their immediate rescue needs,” as announced by the representative of the United Nations. the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan, Leonard Zulu, on Twitter.

The World Food Program (WFP) It also confirmed that it has food supplies to feed 14,000 people in Paktika, one of the Afghan provinces worst hit by the disaster. World Health Organization (WHO) has shipped ten tons of medical supplies, enough for 5,400 surgeries and medical treatments to cover 36,000 people for three months.

In addition to shipping emergency and medical supplies, more shelters and program support has been requested WASHwhich is responsible for purifying and purifying the water to enable human consumption, thus preventing possible diseases that could be caused by its contamination as a result of this type of natural disaster.

“Cholera outbreaks following the earthquakes are of particular concern. 500,000 cases of acute watery diarrhea have already been confirmed across the country. Preparations are underway to prevent an outbreak,” said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The UN has warned it will take “minimum $15 million” to meet the needs of the population in the six worst affected districts for three months. So far, the European Union and Korea have pledged $2 million in aid.

Faced with the response to the tragedy, the Taliban has thanked the assistance of several countries and humanitarian organizations as well as the efforts of the Afghan rescue units caring for the survivors, but they have insisted that they need sufficient funds to help long-term victims.

Afghans have struggled to recover from decades of destruction war, severe drought, floods and extreme economic hardshipwhat they have joined frequent earthquakesespecially in the area known as Hindu Kush, with high seismicity and the usual point of origin of telluric movements.

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Source: EITB


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