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Aid begins to reach thousands affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan

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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday caused the death of more than a thousand people and injured some 1,500. The UN has warned that “a minimum of 15 million dollars” will be required to attend to the needs of the population for three months.


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Aid has begun to arrive this Thursday to thousands of people affected in the areas hardest hit by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake in eastern Afghanistanthat killed more than a thousand people and injured about 1,500in what is one of the worst catastrophes in this country in decades.


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

The World Food Program (WFP) It has also confirmed that it has food stocks to serve 14,000 people in Paktika, one of the Afghan provinces most affected by the disaster, and the 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.

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Beyond the shipment of aid and medical supplies, more shelters and program support have been requested WASHin charge of sanitizing and sanitizing the water to allow human consumption, and thus avoid possible diseases that can be triggered by its contamination due to this type of natural disaster.

“Outbreaks of cholera after the earthquakes are of particular and serious concern. 500,000 cases of acute watery diarrhea have already been confirmed throughout the country. Preparations are underway to prevent an outbreak,” the Office said on Thursday. of the UN for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The UN has warned that it will take “a minimum of 15 million dollars” to be able to meet the needs of the population for three months in the six most affected districts. For now, the European Union and Korea have pledged $2 million in aid.

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

Afghans were already struggling to recover from the devastation of decades of war, severe drought, floods, and extreme economic hardshipto which they have joined frequent earthquakesespecially in the area known as Hindu Kush, with great seismic activity and the usual point of origin of telluric movements.


Source: Eitb

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