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What we know
- 6.3 magnitude earthquake, 35kms north west of Herat (7th October)
- The death toll is currently estimated at 2,445 people (as of 9th October)
- 1320 houses have been destroyed (as of 9th October)
How we're responding
- World Vision, a first responder conducting initial assessments
- 10 WV mobile health units are mobilised providing urgent medical support
- 300 non-food item kits have been distributed (temporary shelter, tents etc)
- NGO agencies to work together for most impactful response
- Support is also being provided to our WV staff and families
It's been a devastating weekend in our global neighbourhood.
Our feeds filled up with shocking images, death and the threat of another war.
Whilst the earthquake in Afghanistan was not as widely publicised, this natural disaster has devastated thousands of families.
Many of those families have been impacted by your gift because Herat is the key region for our Childhood Rescue programmes.
We know the extreme difficulties children face in Herat. This latest crisis will compress the needs of these families, making it vital that we stand with Afghan children to ensure they can survive and recover.
Thamindri de Silva our new WV National Director relayed the following...
"The situation is worse than we imagined with people in devastated villages still desperately trying to rescue survivors from under the rubble with their bare hands.
Reinforcements from Kabul have arrived this afternoon but there is only one hospital, and it is at full stretch with serious cases being transferred to other private facilities in the city.
Our colleagues and their families are processing this devastation in their hometowns, and yet we are responding with everything we have.
People need urgent medical care, water, food, shelter and help to stay safe.
Please stand with us as we respond.”
What comes next?
Emergency responses are part of World Vision's DNA.
The next steps are finalising assessments and implementing broader response plans.
WV Afghanistan will scale up the response with activities focussed on helping children and families to survive.
Programmes will focus on food, WASH (water, sanitation) and child protection in the coming days and weeks.
In October 2023, our Childhood Rescue programmes were already placed to increase support to children through health clinics and hunger-fighting activities.
In light of this tragic earthquake, your gift is perfectly positioned to deliver food, water and medical support to children in Herat.
Your Childhood Rescue gift is helping Afghan children and families to, survive, recover and build a future.
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