Efforts to provide aid in Afghanistan are increasing quickly as the number of deaths from the earthquake continues to rise.
The UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, stated that the United Nations and its collaborators in Afghanistan are working together with the de facto authorities to quickly evaluate needs and offer immediate aid.
The United Nations organizations, collaborators, and the governing bodies of the affected region continued to carry out emergency relief efforts. Preliminary evaluations showed that the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred 40 kilometers from Herat on Saturday resulted in fatalities in eight villages, as reported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
On Sunday evening, the agency announced a fresh report indicating that 1,023 individuals had been reported as deceased and an additional 1,663 as injured in 11 villages in Zindajan district of Herat province. It is believed that all homes in the area have been completely demolished.
According to OCHA, an additional 516 individuals (203 males and 213 females) were reported as missing in the district.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator has approved $5 million from the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund as an emergency reserve allocation to aid the ongoing response. OCHA will initiate and complete the process within 24 hours, and eligible partners can use their grants starting from 9 October.
According to the agency, humanitarian organizations will also create a request for urgent assistance.
to tackle Ebola
Additional United Nations teams have been dispatched to address the Ebola outbreak.
UNICEF has increased the number of teams working on humanitarian efforts on the ground. They have sent out 10,000 hygiene kits, 5,000 family kits, 1,500 sets of winter clothes and blankets, 1,000 tarpaulins, and basic household items. These supplies will supplement the aid being provided by other UN agencies and partners.
“Alongside our partners, we are committed to providing swift assistance to those impacted,” stated Fran Equiza, the UNICEF representative for Afghanistan.
According to the agency, those who were harmed were receiving medical care at nearby health centers. UNICEF and its partners supplied emergency medication, as well as emergency tents for overwhelmed health facilities.
Collaborating with the unofficial leaders, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Food Programme (WFP), and their collaborators deployed emergency evaluation teams as an initial reaction. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, and the World Health Organization (WHO) remained dedicated to offering aid.
to avoid backlash
The global society needs to unite in order to prevent any negative consequences.
The UN Spokesperson stated that UN Secretary-General António Guterres showed his support for the people of Afghanistan, offered his heartfelt sympathies to the families of those affected, and hoped for a speedy recovery for the injured.
“As the winter season draws near, the United Nations Secretary-General urges the global community to unite and provide assistance to those affected by the earthquake, many of whom were already struggling before this emergency,” he stated.