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Earthquake Afghanistan: Malteser International provides 100.000 Euro emergency relief

More than 2,000 people have lost their lives after several major earthquakes in Herat province in recent days. Photo: Union Aid/Malteser International

Cologne. After the severe earthquakes last night and on Saturday, Malteser International provides 100,000 Euro for emergency relief for the people in Afghanistan. Within a few days there were several severe earthquakes in the province of Herat, three of them with a magnitude of 6.3. According to local authorities, more than 2,000 people lost their lives during the earthquakes last weekend alone. Information on the numbers of people affected by the latest quake is not yet known.

"The situation is devastating. Our partner organization Union Aid reports after an initial assessment of the affected areas that entire villages have been completely destroyed. Thousands of people have lost everything. We will now set up our aid broadly, because the people need literally everything: medical care, food, but also tents, blankets and hygiene articles. Winter is coming soon and it will be bitterly cold in this region. We have to make sure that these people now get the best possible protection until their houses are rebuilt," says Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department at Malteser International.

Even before the earthquakes, nearly 70 percent of the population was in need of humanitarian aid. "People barely had enough to live on even before the quakes. Now they have lost even what little they had," Wasser says.

Malteser International has been working in Afghanistan since 2002. Together with our partner organization Union Aid, we are currently providing basic health services and medical care to malnourished children and pregnant women.

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Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International is available for interviews.
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Katharina Kiecol
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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