India is ready to provide aid, assistance to the people of Afghanistan after the devastating earthquake

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A man stands in the midst of devastation following an earthquake in the village of Gayan in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. A powerful earthquake struck a rugged mountainous region in eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, causing stone and mud-brick houses to collapse across the country. The deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported.

Highlight

  • India said that it is ready to provide assistance to the people of Afghanistan in their hour of need
  • India’s first consignment of earthquake relief aid to the people of Afghanistan reaches Kabul
  • A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Afghanistan on Wednesday

Afghanistan Earthquake News UpdatesIndia said it stands ready to provide aid and assistance to the people of Afghanistan in their hour of need as the devastating earthquake killed nearly 1000 people, destroyed homes and displaced many.

“First of all, I express my deepest condolences to the victims and their families and all those affected by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. India shares the grief of the people of Afghanistan and stands ready to provide assistance and assistance in this hour It is needed,” India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said at the Security Council briefing and consultations on Afghanistan on Thursday.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has also tweeted that India’s first consignment of earthquake relief assistance to the people of Afghanistan has reached Kabul and has been handed over by the Indian team there. Further consignments are also as follows, he said.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck central Afghanistan early Wednesday and affected four districts of Patika province – Gyan, Barmala, Naka and Ziruk – as well as Spera district of Khost province.

The United Nations’ humanitarian agency, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres.

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The quake has killed at least 1,000 people and displaced many others and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes. OCHA is coordinating emergency response on behalf of UN agencies and humanitarian partners.

Tirumurti said India supported Security Council resolution 2615 providing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, while ensuring that the Security Council continues its surveillance against any possible diversion of funds and misuse of sanctions exemptions .

“We hope that the ‘humanitarian carving’ of this resolution is fully utilized by UN agencies and their aid partners and the aberrations are addressed,” he said.

In response to the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, India has sent several shipments of humanitarian aid including 30,000 metric tons of wheat, 13 tons of medicines, 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and winter clothing.

These humanitarian consignments were handed over to the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, Kabul and specialized agencies of the United Nations such as the World Health Organization and the World Food Program (WFP).

To ensure fair and equitable distribution of India’s wheat assistance, the Government of India signed an agreement with WFP for the distribution of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat within Afghanistan. He said that the work of sending this wheat to Afghanistan has started.

In addition, to monitor India’s utilization of medical and food aid and to further assess the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, an Indian team recently visited Kabul on 2-3 June and participated in the distribution of humanitarian aid. Met representatives of the international organizations involved. ,

In addition, the team also visited locations implementing Indian programs and projects such as Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, Habibiya High School, Chimtala Sub-Power Station and WFP Wheat Distribution Centre.

“Now we are in the process of sending more medical aid and food grains to Afghanistan. We also presented one million doses of India’s COVAXIN COVID-19 vaccines to Iran to be administered to Afghan refugees in Iran. In addition, we have assisted UNICEF by supplying around 60 million doses of polio vaccine and two tonnes of essential medicines,” he said.

Tirumurti reiterated that humanitarian aid should be based on the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence. The distribution of humanitarian aid should be non-discriminatory and accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, religion or political belief. In particular, aid should reach the most vulnerable first, including women, children and minorities.

Noting that peace and security in Afghanistan are important imperatives that require the international community to collectively strive, he said that India will continue to play its role to achieve that objective and that the interests of the Afghan people remain at our heart. Will remain efforts in afghanistan

He underlined that as a close neighbor and longtime partner of Afghanistan, India has a direct stake in ensuring the return of peace and stability to the country.

“Therefore, given our strong historical and civilizational ties with the Afghan people, we are deeply concerned about the recent developments in Afghanistan, in particular the deteriorating humanitarian situation,” he said, adding that as always, India’s approach to Its historical friendship and special relationship with the people of Afghanistan.

On the political front, India has been calling for an inclusive system in Afghanistan that represents all sections of Afghan society. He said that a comprehensive, inclusive and representative constitution is essential for both domestic and international engagement.

“We are deeply concerned about recent developments in Afghanistan that directly affect women and girls in Afghanistan. There are increasing efforts to remove women from public life in Afghanistan. We ensure the protection of the rights of women and girls. and join others in calling for reversing the long-contested gains of the last two decades,” he said.

(with PTI inputs)

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