China pledges $1m in aid for Afghan quake victims
KABUL (Pajhwok): China on Wednesday pledged $1 million in assistance to help the Afghan government construct homes for families who lost their homes to a recent earthquake.
An agreement in this regard was signed by Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority head and Chinese envoy in Kabul Yu Jing.
Barmak said the Chinese assistance would be used to reconstruct homes destroyed in the October 26 quake.
He thanked the Chinese government for the assistance and recalled that China was the first country dispatching assistance for Afghan earthquake victims including 20,000 blankets, 30,000 tents and 60 generators.
The 7.5 magnitude quake killed 115 people and injured 556 in nine Afghan provinces, damaging 7630 houses, 20 Masajid and nine government buildings, according to Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) officials.
The Chinese ambassador called Afghans as brothers, saying China could not stay silent when their brothers were in trouble.
He pledged more assistance in future and said China would be available whenever Afghanistan needed help.
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