A destructive earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan on June 21, close to the city of Khost.
Urgent Aid is in need as death toll set to climb on. KORT is appealing for more international aid, as Afghanistan battles to survive with the shattering earthquake in a rocky eastern region that has left more than 1,000 people deceased and many more wounded.
With the war-ravaged country currently traumatized by an economic crisis. The earthquake has now hit areas that were currently experiencing the consequences of severe rain, triggering rockfalls and mudslides that are obstructing rescue attempts. Those attempts continued Thursday 23/06/22 with people digging through debris with their hands in the look for survivors.
The lethal earthquake in Afghanistan's Paktika province has already killed over 1,000 people and hurt at least 1,500 more.
KORT are active in Paktika and neighbouring provinces, where we are providing lifesaving aid in reaction to the continuous starvation crisis. With resources from this appeal, we will be delivering emergency money; life-saving accommodation, fuel and blankets to support families survive the severe Afghan season; food parcels and money for nutrition; access to health care including care for famished children; and water, hygiene and cleanliness services, for tens of thousands of people.
Afghanistan is prone to natural disasters, with around 560 individuals dying every year due to earthquakes, however this one is especially serious and has caused large scale damage in an impoverished and remote province.
This earthquake appears at a time Afghanistan is already kneeling and is suffering one of the greatest humanitarian crises on the planet.
Over 24 million individuals – majority of the Afghan residents – need humanitarian support to stay alive. 95% of people don’t have adequate income to eat and a million children under the age of 5 are at threat of dying over the next 3 months. More than 8 million individuals are on the edge of starvation. Even more, healthcare is challenging to obtain, and thousands have actually left their houses.
We require to act now to save lives. Years of dispute, poverty and the disturbance brought on by the pandemic were already taking their toll on the people of Afghanistan. The current dispute and modification of federal government, paired with the worst drought in 27 years, have tipped the nation over the edge. Economic collapse has sent food rates skyrocketing.