Late in the evening of June 21, shortly before 11 p.m., a major earthquake struck the provinces of Paktika and Khost in southeastern Afghanistan. At least 1,000 people are now reported killed and more than 1,500 injured, but the numbers are likely to increase. Many homes have been destroyed.
We sent a coordinator to the earthquake area on June 22 to find out what is needed most urgently and how we can help. In any case, we will distribute food and possibly provide funds for necessary medical aid. Since the takeover last summer, only a few international organizations have been working in the country. We have already done various food distributions, including large ones, and at the moment we are doing this in Kandahar and Herat.
Our country director and our Afghan staff are just trying to coordinate the aid so that there is no duplication, but that aid can be delivered effectively.
In the city of Khost, about 30-40 kilometers from the epicenter, we maintained a factory for roofing material for house construction for many years. We are trying to get this up and running again so that people can rebuild their homes after the destruction. We have installed earthquake reinforcements in the houses before.
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