The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates on Friday announced the provision of urgent medical and food supplies to those affected people by the recent earthquake in Afghanistan.
“Today, the UAE sent a plane carrying 38 tons of urgent medical and food supplies to Afghanistan to meet the needs of thousands of Afghan families affected by earthquakes that recently struck northeastern Afghanistan.”
The statement said that providing these supplies would enhance humanitarian support for vulnerable groups, including women, children and the elderly.
“Providing these supplies is part of the UAE’s enduring efforts to provide urgent relief to countries affected by natural disasters and enhance humanitarian support for vulnerable groups such as women, children, and the elderly.”
The UAE’s humanitarian efforts for Afghanistan from 2021-2022 included launching a relief air bridge that sent 28 aircraft carrying 623 tons of medical and food supplies, benefiting approximately 1.1 million people, including 850,000 women and children, the statement read.
UAE relief also helped mitigate the impact of the earthquake that struck Khost in southeastern Afghanistan last June. The UAE built a 1,000-square-meter field hospital with 75 beds and receives 200 patients daily. Moreover, the statement added that the UAE sent medical supplies, equipment, and teams specialized in treating injuries caused by natural disasters.
Last week, Afghanistan his by a powerful earthquake of 6.5 magnitudes, which resulted in killing more than ten people and injuring several others.
The earthquake has caused financial and economic damage, including over 665 houses destroyed across Afghanistan, including Badakhshan, Takhar, Panjshir, and Kunar.
Afghanistan is a disaster-prone country, including earthquakes, landslides, flooding, and avalanches.