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2,300 ‘Earthquake-Resilient’ Houses to Be Built in Quake-Hit Regions of Afghanistan: UNHCR

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that to support the earthquake victims in the provinces of Khost and Paktika in southeast Afghanistan, the UNHCR has started construction on 2,300 “earthquake-resilient” residential structures.

Since the tremendously damaging earthquake in the southeastern provinces of Afghanistan, two months have passed. Hundreds of people died, while thousands more suffered injuries.

The $14 million approved budget for the construction of these earthquake-resistant houses was announced by the UN agency in a tweet on Tuesday, August 23.

“This initiative demonstrates UNHCR’s sustained solidarity and support to people affected by the disaster — in the coming months 2,300 families will have new, resilient, winterized homes,” said UNHCR Representative Leonard Zulu.

As part of the plan, UNHCR is sponsoring the construction of 300 houses in the Spera District of Khost province and 2,000 winterized houses in the Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika province by providing building materials.

According to the statement, households taking part in the project will receive building supplies as well as US$700 for labor.

In addition to the immediate aid provided by partner organizations of UNHCR, the UN agency distributed 3,592 family tents to offer emergency shelter for more than 25,000 people in the wake of the 5.9 earthquake, which reportedly killed more than 1,000 people and injured many more.

The Rashid Khan Foundation, founded by Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan Arman, is also building homes for 25 families devastated by the recent terrible earthquakes in Paktika province, southeast Afghanistan.

Southeast Afghan provinces Paktika and Khost saw numerous fatalities and significant property damage in several districts. Many of the displaced survivors of the catastrophic earthquake are reportedly living in the open.

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