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Almost 100,000 Afghan youngsters in dire want of assist 3 months after earthquakes: UNICEF


File image of Afghan women and girls carrying donated support to their tents throughout a sandstorm after an earthquake in Herat province, Afghanistan
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Almost 100,000 youngsters in Afghanistan are in dire want of assist, three months after earthquakes devastated the nation’s west, the U.N. youngsters’s company mentioned Monday.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook Herat province on October 7 and a second sturdy quake struck the identical province days later, on October 11, killing greater than 1,000 individuals. The majority of these lifeless within the quakes in Zinda Jan and Injil districts have been ladies and youngsters, and 21,000 houses have been destroyed, UNICEF mentioned in a press release.

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“The atmosphere in these villages is thick with suffering even 100 days after the earthquakes in western Afghanistan when families lost absolutely everything,” said Fran Equiza, UNICEF representative in Afghanistan.

“Children are still trying to cope with the loss and trauma. Schools and health centers, which children depend upon, are damaged beyond repair, or destroyed completely,” he added.

“As if this was not enough, winter has taken hold and temperatures hover below freezing,” Mr. Equiza said. “Children and families without homes live in life-threatening conditions at night, with no way to heat their temporary shelters.”

UNICEF mentioned it urgently wants $1.4 billion in 2024 to satisfy the humanitarian and primary wants of 19.4 million Afghans, half of the inhabitants.

The Taliban’s failure to spend money on public companies has contributed to the deterioration of primary companies, hindering the flexibility of weak communities to get well from shocks and construct resilience, the company added..

“We are grateful to our donor partners who mobilized resources quickly, enabling UNICEF to respond within days to the urgent needs of children and their families in Herat,” Mr. Equiza mentioned.

But extra assist is required “to ensure that children not only survive the winter but have a chance to thrive in the months and years to come,” he added.

Daniel Timme, head of communications for UNICEF in Afghanistan, mentioned colleges, houses, well being services and water programs have been destroyed.

“We have money coming in but it’s not enough. These communities need to be independent again. It’s not enough to put out the fire. We need to make it (Afghanistan) more resilient,” Mr. Timme said.

Separately and for all of Afghanistan, UNICEF said Monday that 23.3 million people, including 12.6 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance” in 2024, “mainly due to the residual impacts of a protracted conflict, extreme climate shocks and the country’s severe economic decline.”

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