September 24, 2023

Afghanistan: Earthquake survivors unsafe due to aftershocks, Afghan officials say

The Afghan Red Crescent Society does not have food storage space and has enough tents to provide for the victims, he said.


According to Afghan media, the most devastating earthquake in decades in Afghanistan hit the southeastern region near the border with Pakistan last Wednesday, killing at least 1,000 people, injuring 3,000 and destroying 10,000 homes. Were done

A statement from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 155 children had been killed and at least 250 injured and 65 orphaned.

Acting Afghan Public Health Minister Qalandar Ibad told a news conference in Kabul that the quake-hit areas were not yet safe as mild tremors were being felt in the area.

According to officials, five people were killed and 11 injured in the aftershocks on Friday, while no injuries were reported in the aftershocks that followed.

“The houses destroyed in last week’s earthquake on Wednesday were uninhabitable, forcing people to live in tents,” he said.

On the other hand, mercury will fall sharply in the mountains in the next few weeks, creating a new challenge for authorities, he said.

“People do not have shelters to live in, including the elderly and children, so we ask the international community to pay attention,” officials said.

The devastating earthquake in Afghanistan is a major test for the pro-Islamic Taliban, which has been sidelined by several foreign governments since taking power last year due to human rights concerns. Has committed suicide.

In addition, sanctions on Afghan government institutions and banks have cut off direct aid to a country that was already facing a humanitarian crisis, including famine, before the 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

Many other countries, including the United Nations and Pakistan, have sent aid to the affected area.

An Afghan aid agency on Monday appealed for cash for earthquake survivors, saying it did not have space to store food while it had enough tents to help with the quake. It will be most useful for the affected villagers to meet their specific needs.

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, deputy head of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, told reporters that people in the area were asking for cash and said they had received a lot of aid.

The Afghan Red Crescent Society does not have food storage space and has enough tents to provide for the victims, he said.

“Cash will be more useful for the bereaved who are trying to meet their needs, and if the donors are concerned about the transparent distribution of money to the victims, the Afghan Red Crescent Society will be able to do so,” he said. Can help distribute money.

The UN Humanitarian Office said in its latest bulletin on Sunday that the shortage of tents in the affected areas had been overcome and that groups were distributing various aid, including food, health kits and cash.

He said a number of logistical problems remained, including a lack of mobile phone network and poor communication in some areas due to poor road conditions.

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