On October 7, the province of Herat in western Afghanistan was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. A series of aftershocks followed. To date, the United Nations estimates that over 12,000 people have been affected. Both the number of affected households and casualties are expected to rise as assessments continue.
While initial assessments are underway, it is already clear that a significant number of people have been displaced and left without homes. There is immediate need for safe shelters, winterization materials and hygiene kits, especially as winter approaches.
Food security, already a significant challenge in the country, is also an immediate priority. Additionally, psychological support for survivors and child-friendly spaces for children will be necessary to help address trauma.
PWS&D is responding through the ACT Alliance and its long-term partners in Afghanistan. To support this emergency response in Afghanistan, please click below and select Afghanistan Relief in the dropdown menu. You can also donate by calling the office at 1-800-619-7301 x291.