SINGAPORE: The Singapore Red Cross Society will commit S$50,000 to support affected communities in Afghanistan after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country on Wednesday June 22.
More than 1,000 people died. The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue missions continue, the Singapore Red Cross said on Thursday.
Hundreds of homes in the southeastern provinces of Paktika and Khost were destroyed in the earthquake, the country’s worst in 20 years.
The Singapore Red Cross Society’s contribution “will support the immediate needs of those affected, including food, emergency shelter, emergency trauma care, non-food items as well as water, sanitation and hygiene items,” he said.
A call for public funds will also be launched to support relief and recovery operations.
Singapore Red Cross Secretary General and CEO Benjamin William said:We are deeply saddened by the devastation and loss of life, especially for a country that is already facing a serious economic and humanitarian crisis.
“Survivors urgently need clean water, food and shelter, which we are working with our partners on the ground to provide. The road ahead to rebuild and recover will be difficult, and we are calling on everyone to lend a hand”.
The Singapore Red Cross Society contribution will directly support the humanitarian response of Red Cross Red Crescent partners on the ground, including the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and the International Federation of Cross Societies. -Red and Red Crescent (IFRC).
Relief items such as blankets, tents, tarpaulins, water tanks, food and water are on their way to affected areas, the Singapore Red Cross said.
Mobile health teams and ambulances have been redirected to the affected areas to provide medical assistance and transport the injured, he added.
ARCS and IFRC are providing immediate assistance and carrying out needs assessments on the ground. The Singapore Red Cross remains in close contact with them to monitor the situation.
“This humanitarian emergency comes at a time when the country is already reeling from prolonged drought, famine and economic crisis,” said the Singapore Red Cross.
“Furthermore, the difficult terrain and recent weather conditions have hampered efforts to reach areas in need of assistance, which were already vulnerable due to landslides, flooded roads and fragile infrastructure.”
Members of the public can donate to the Singapore Red Cross to support Afghan communities. Details on how to donate will soon be posted on its website once the appeal for funds is launched.