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Herat earthquake directly affects 43,000 people: OCHA

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Afghan residents clear debris as they look for victims’ bodies in the rubble of damaged houses after the earthquakes in Siah Ab village, Zendeh Jan district of Herat province on October 8, 2023. (Photo by Mohsen KARIMI / AFP).

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced that approximately 43,000 people have been directly affected by recent earthquakes in Herat province.

On Monday, Daniel Anders, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations in Afghanistan, emphasized during a video conference with reporters that the earthquakes affected individuals already grappling with poverty and hardship.

He stressed that humanitarian organizations must provide their assistance as soon as possible to the earthquake-affected individuals in Herat province before the arrival of the winter season. According to this UN official, 3,300 houses have been destroyed. In addition to damaging the water supply system, the collapsed houses have also contaminated wells, which can spread diseases.

Mr. Anders mentioned the budgetary constraints for providing humanitarian aid to those in need in Afghanistan. Humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan have initiated an initial response plan focusing on 1.14 million people whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged.

Furthermore, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan identified 40 years of conflict, high levels of food insecurity, recurrent droughts, economic recession, and the vulnerability of earthquake-affected communities as factors contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

According to OCHA statistics, more than 43,000 people have been directly affected by recent earthquakes, and an estimated $93.6 million will be needed to provide life-saving assistance to earthquake survivors in Herat province over the next six months.

Meanwhile, reports from the United Nations indicate that over 8,500 individuals in the Robat Sangi district, over 7,500 in ZindaJan district, over 3,400 in Gulran district, 717 in Herat city, and 133 in Kohsan district have been affected.

Meanwhile, over the past week, three strong earthquakes have struck the western province of Afghanistan, including Herat province, resulting in thousands of casualties and significant damage to numerous districts.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan has reported that 1,500 people have lost their lives, and around 2,000 others have been injured due to the recent earthquakes in Herat province.

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