After the earthquake that caused more than a thousand deaths in Afghanistan, the European Union (EU) asked this Wednesday for “international assistance” to help Afghans who lost their families “The European Union stands in complete solidarity with the Afghan people and will help those in need”, he guaranteed. In a statement, quoted by the Observer, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and the European for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic warned that “the earthquake comes at a time when the country continues to face one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with great humanitarian needs, displacement and a serious food crisis”. of the EU’s Humanitarian Office in Afghanistan, are “in permanent contact with humanitarian partners” and that “all necessary operational support has been provided”.The UN and its partners humanitarian workers deployed this Wednesday their forces to help populations affected by the strong earthquake in Afghanistan, with the immediate priority of providing them with shelter and emergency care. affected in the provinces of Paktika and Khost, “in coordination with the authorities that de facto rule the country, in a reference to the Taliban, who regained power in the country in August 2021, after the 20-year withdrawal of US troops and NATO. The World Health Organization (WHO) and CARE have already started to send mobile health teams to the provinces of Paktika and Khost. The WHO also delivered 100 boxes of emergency medicines in Giyan and Barmal. The Red Cross and Red Crescent soon redirected three mobile health teams to Paktika, to respond to the immediate needs of the populations. More shipments of medical supplies and medicines are being organized for shipment from Kabul. In the next 24 hours, the United Nations will carry out assessments to identify needs in the districts of Giyan and Barmal, in the province of Paktika. that 1,030 people died and another 1,500 were injured in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale that shook eastern Afghanistan early on Wednesday. Authorities warn that the number of deaths and injuries could increase as the Rescue work is advancing, writes the Observer citing the Agence France-Presse (AFP). Source: O País

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