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Red Crescent reaches quake-affected families in Afghanistan

As winter rains approach, Red Crescent is racing to provide tents and relief items to hundreds of families who have lost their homes.

Friday October 30, 2015

Damage assessment team
A Red Crescent team assesses damage to homes. Photo: Afghanistan Red Crescent Society

More than 40 aftershocks have followed the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck deep beneath Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region on 26 October.  

Many of the roads blocked by landslides and rubble have now been cleared, but some affected areas are still inaccessible.  

An estimated 7,600 families in Afghanistan have been affected by the quake. With heavy rains expected in the coming weeks, they urgently need assistance with shelter and other necessities.  

Afghanistan Red Crescent is working with the country's National Disaster Management Authority to provide relief. So far, 354 families have received relief supplies such as kitchen sets and water containers, and more than 100 families across three provinces have received tents for emergency shelter.  

Since the first hours of the earthquake, Red Crescent teams have been providing first aid to injured people and transporting them to hospitals where possible. They are also assisting with blood donation services in nearby hospitals.  

In neighbouring Pakistan, the earthquake claimed more than 272 lives and damaged over 13,000 homes.  

Pakistan Red Crescent has also been saving lives through first aid and ambulance services. Disaster response teams are now assessing the damage in all affected areas, and starting to distribute relief items, tents and tarpaulins to families.  


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