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Children in earthquake-hit areas facing deadly threats

Children in earthquake-hit areas facing deadly threats

Oct 27, 2015 - 21:20

KABULinfo-icon Pajhwok): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday warned that children in earthquake-hit areas of Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon were facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid.

Around 200 people died, including 12 school girls, and around 1,000 were injured after the 7.5 magnitude tremor with half of those affected thought to be children.  

Heavy rain and snow have been pounding the remote, mountainous areas affected by the earthquake for the past two days, the UN agency said in a statement, adding that communication was poor and access difficult due to the tough terrain and security operations.

 “We are extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children, who are already the most at risk in any disaster and are now in danger of succumbing to the elements as temperatures plummet," says Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.

Some of the areas hit by the quake are completely inaccessible, whilst much of the rest of the affected region is difficult to reach even in ordinary circumstances.  

UNICEF Afghanistan and Pakistan are working with their national governments and are prepared to deliver life-saving supplies to tens of thousands of affected children and their families.

UNICEF warned that that healthinfo-icon, nutrition, hygiene and educationinfo-icon services would now be under exceptional stress, placing more children at risk.


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