Two powerful earthquakes struck western Afghanistan on October 7, 2023, causing devastating damage and loss of life. The 6.3 magnitude quakes hit within 30 minutes of each other near the Hindu Kush mountains in Herat province.
More than 1,200 were injured and 1,300 homes were destroyed across at least 12 villages.
Due to the extremely unfavourable rural infrastructure of the region, clear information on the extent of the damage and destruction will take days to confirm.
Over 2,000 people
were killed, making this one of the deadliest earthquakes in Afghanistan in 20 years
How is IDRF helping
Thanks to our localized approach, our partner in Afghanistan has already begun a needs assessment and logistics to begin emergency response. We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims.
IDRF will begin by helping first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is deemed manageable, we will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by our local partner in Afghanistan.
Emergency First Aid and Food Kits
If you would like to donate by cheque, please mail a signed cheque to:
23 Lesmill Rd, Suite 300, North York, ON M3B 3P6
Memo: Afghanistan Earthquake Relief
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