Blog > From the Field >

Updates from Afghanistan Following 22 June Earthquake

30 June:

“The remoteness of Barmal and its distance from healthcare facilities – around 3 hours drive – meant it was difficult for people in this area to receive medical care. This is why we decided to open our clinic here,” says Stefano, EMERGENCY’s Country Director in Afghanistan.

Our newly-formed clinic is providing health support to inhabitants from 14 villages that have been some of the hardest hit by last week’s earthquake.

In four days, over 650 people visited the clinic.

 

27 June:

More than 300 patients have been treated at our clinic in Barmal, one of the villages near the epicentre of the earthquake that struck Afghanistan five days ago. They arrived with symptoms primarily related to displacement: infections, gastro-intestinal problems and hypertension.   

Some people arrived in a state of shock and remained under observation.   

The WHO confirmed that more than 700 families are living in the open in the most affected districts, with 400 in Barmal district alone. Drinking water is scarce and sanitation is poor, which can lead to outbreaks of diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid.  

24 June: New First Aid Post

After an inspection to assess local needs, we began setting up a First Aid Post in Barmal today, one of the areas closest to the epicentre and among the most difficult to reach. It will be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, guaranteeing primary care.

Our logistics team is working to open this facility as soon as possible.

23 June:

“Regardless of the causes which lead to a crisis, be it war or natural disaster, EMERGENCY is close to the Afghan population. We are ready to support in these difficult times.”

Country Director Stefano provides an update after the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan yesterday.

22 June:

EMERGENCY is taking part in the medical response following the earthquake in Afghanistan, which has caused hundreds of deaths and injuries that are increasing by the hour.

We have sent staff and 7 ambulances to support relief efforts & transport the injured to our First Aid Posts. We have also made beds available in the Kabul Surgical Centre.

The 5.9-magnitude quake, which occurred in the middle of the night, was felt within a 500km radius of the epicentre as far as Pakistan and India, and caused injuries, deaths and destruction in the Barmal, Zirok, Nika and Giyan districts of Paktika province. So far, more than 900 people are reported dead and over 600 injured. The fear is that this number will continue to rise: many people may have been trapped under collapsed buildings.

“This tragedy only worsens the difficult, fragile economic and social situation that Afghanistan has been experiencing for months,” says Stefano, our Country Director. “Now it will be even more necessary to release and increase all the humanitarian aid that Afghanistan needs.”