Farid Mamundzay, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, expressed his gratitude to members of India’s diplomatic corps for their support of the Afghan people affected by the recent earthquakes in Paktika, Khost and Nangarhar.
Taking to Twitter, Mamundzay wrote, “Greatly appreciate the profound sympathies and solidarity of the members of the diplomatic corps in India with the people of Afghanistan following the earthquake that struck the provinces of Paktika, Khost & Nangarhar on 22 June killing more than 1,200 people.”
Diplomats and government officials signed the condolence books at the Embassy of Afghanistan, New Delhi. They extended their deepest condolences for the terrible human losses.
On June 22, Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul was shaken by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. More than 1000 people were reported to have died in the attack in Barmal, Giyan and Spera districts of Paktika province and Spera district, Khost province.
A total of 1,455 people have been hurt in the three most affected districts of Barmal and Giyan. Many of these injuries are serious. More than 10,000 houses were destroyed.
India provided humanitarian assistance in large quantities to Afghanistan following this incident.
The Ministry of External Affairs Joint secretary (PAI), JP Singh provided essential aid to Afghanistan’s quake-affected residents in the form of family ridge tents as well as blankets, sleeping bags and blankets.
India sent a team to Kabul to coordinate efforts among stakeholders to deliver humanitarian aid. The Taliban welcomed India’s decision to withdraw its technical team in order to continue humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
United Nations also contributed USD 10,000,000 from the UN Central Emergency Response Funds to Afghanistan (UNCERF), in order to help the affected people.
The UN is providing assistance as many organizations around the globe have supported the victims of the earthquake with large amounts of money.