Following this week’s catastrophic earthquake in Afghanistan, the UK will provide £2.5 million to help save the lives of those impacted, according to the UK’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
“The recent earthquake is a tragedy for the people of Afghanistan,” Liz Truss said. “The scale of need was already severe before the earthquake struck, with more than half of the population requiring humanitarian assistance,” she added.
The £2.5 Million aid from the government of the UK was announced yesterday, 24th June, through a press release.
The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) will receive a total of £2 million to help people in need of basic necessities like food, water, shelter, and medical care, according to the statement.
While, an additional £500,000 will go to the Norwegian Refugee Council, which is already on the ground and working to give shelter and financial aid to those impacted.
This assistance will come from one of the major bilateral programs, the UK’s aid fund for Afghanistan, which has a funding of £286 million this fiscal year.
The UK’s pledge of aid comes as the EU also announced an aid of €1 million for the victims of the earthquake in southern Afghanistan, which almost took the lives of 1,000 people while injuring over 1,500.