A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan this morning, killing at least 920 people – although the death toll is likely to rise over the coming days. Homes have been completely destroyed and families are believed to be trapped under the rubble, with hundreds of people injured. Many people were asleep when the earthquake struck. Other critical infrastructure such as roads and power supplies have also been badly damaged.
An Islamic Relief response team is heading to Paktika province, the worst affected area, and will initially provide food aid and cash so that people can buy supplies. Emergency shelter is also needed for people who have lost their homes. The worst affected areas are remote rural communities, many of which are hard to reach.
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Millions of Afghans are struggling to put food on the table due to one of the worst droughts Afghanistan has seen. This situation is further compounded by ongoing political insecurity and conflict, families have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
Since July, over 10,000 displaced people have officially arrived in the capital Kabul, and thousands more are reportedly staying in the open in different parts of the city making them especially vulnerable. Assessments are ongoing elsewhere such as in Nangarhar where 28,000 people from Kunar have reportedly been displaced.
Islamic Relief Afghanistan is on the ground and have initiated an emergency response.
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Afghanistan has been ravaged by conflict for decades. Political insecurity and a third wave of Covid-19 has left millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
The entire country is now facing moderate to severe drought. Experts say it is one of the worst droughts in decades in terms of geographic scale.
14 million people in Afghanistan are facing a food crisis. Your donations are desperately needed to help save lives in Afghanistan, please donate now.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement.” (Tirmidhi)
Islamic Relief has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years, we were one of the few aid agencies to continue working in Afghanistan during the military incursions, and our Kabul, Balkh, Jalalabad and Bamyan offices remain open today.
Recently, our teams on the ground have distributed 13,061 food packs to the most vulnerable families in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Bamiyan, and Kapisa provinces. Qurbani meat distributions to over 10,000 families have also been carried out.
Our Covid-19 response in Afghanistan has reached over 308,514 people, and we continue to raise awareness and support women facing gender-based violence.
Donate now and help us continue our life-saving work in Afghanistan.