Relief goods for victims of Afghan earthquake dispatched


The government of Pakistan has dispatched relief goods for those affected by the powerful earthquake that struck a remote border region of Afghanistan.

According to a press release issued by the prime minister’s office on Friday, the consignment arranged by the National Disaster Management Authority consists of family tents, tarpaulins, blankets and emergency medicines.

The government has assured all possible support to ameliorate the sufferings of the Afghan families affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake which hit parts of Afghanistan on Wednesday, read the statement. The Afghan government officials said houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after the strong jolts. An unknown number of people remained stuck under rubble and in outlying areas, they added.

“We believe that nearly 2,000 homes are destroyed,” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, told reporters.

The convoy of eight trucks was loaded with relief goods arranged by NDMA, including 200 tents, 200 tarpaulins and 500 blankets, besides three trucks carrying life-saving drugs, and would use the Ghulam Khan Kalay Zang route.


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