USAID participates in relief assistance to quake victims
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Wednesday it was working with 15 partners across Afghanistan to provide relief and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities.
The agency cited its support for humanitarian coordination and information management systems that aid the National Disaster Management Committee and the Provincial Disaster Management Committees.
“USAID-funded humanitarian assistance partners are participating in assessments and relief assistance alongside the Afghan government, the UN and non-governmental organisations,” USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith said.
USAID’s assistance to Afghanistan includes stockpiling relief supplies under Disaster Risks Reduction and having contingency plans already in place for emergencies such as the earthquake disaster.
It has 500,000 emergency shelter/non-food item kits placed strategically throughout the county. Kits include a kitchen set, a family kit which includes blankets, clothing, emergency shelter, solar lantern, mattress, tent, tarpaulin, carpet, and small amounts of cash.
The agency provides funding to the International Office of Migration for over 46,000 emergency shelters and tents in 26 warehouses located across the country and covering all affected areas.
The Provincial Disaster Management Committees in Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Nuristan, Laghman, Kunar, Nangarhar and Kabul are convening to coordinate assessments and response following the earthquake.
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