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Nuristan governor seeks more aid for quake-affectees

Nuristan governor seeks more aid for quake-affectees

Oct 31, 2015 - 14:25

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Saturday said they had started assisting the earthquake-affected families in eastern Nuristan province, but called for more assistance.

Hafiz Abdul Qayum told Pajhwok Afghan News the powerful disaster had caused heavy life losses and damages to residential homes.

The 7.5 magnitude quake killed 115 people and injured 556 in nine Afghan provinces, damaging 7630 houses, 20 Masajid and nine government buildings on Monday, according to Afghanistaninfo-icon National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) officials. Nine people were killed in Nuristan and another 76 were wounded in the trembler.

During an exclusive interview, Qayum told Pajhwok Afghan News they had launched distributing aid to the affected families and the relief goods were insufficient keeping in mind the number of affectees.

“The roads to all the districts have been damaged. A dozen of micro hydroelectric power units which supply power to thousands of families and 615 houses were destroyed in the earthquake,” he said, adding that they had sent assistance teams to different districts to provide food and other basic items to the affected people.

“The local people can’t reconstruct their houses while the weather is getting cold these days. We have asked and expect the central government to provide us more assistance,” he said, urging the Ministry of Public Works to initiate reconstructing damaged roads in Nuristan.

“Nuristan is 20 kilometres from Juram district of Badakhshan, the epicenter of the quake, so the mountainous province suffered heavy losses,” said the provincial council chief, Eng. Saadullah Paindazoi.

In addition to the destruction of hundreds of houses, he said, the wall of many houses had either collapsed or cracked, which could fall down if similar quake struck, asking the central government to pay special attention to the province and send assistance teams.

A resident of Paroon, the provincial capital, Anayatulah Sabet, said the assistance delivered to the province was insufficient.



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