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Earthquakes compound humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan


Two earthquakes in Afghanistan have resulted in more than 2000 deaths with thousands more injured and displaced, Caritas Australia reports.

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The first earthquake of 6.3 magnitude on October 7 was followed by another on October 11. Hospitals have been overwhelmed as the natural disaster compounds decades of crises in Afghanistan.

 Caritas Australia is supporting its partners on the ground as they respond to the urgent need for emergency shelters, clean water, medical supplies, and food and other essentials.

“Afghanistan is experiencing crises compounding crises, and the situation could not be more dire for vulnerable communities, said Melville Fernandez, Caritas Australia Humanitarian Emergencies associate director.

“It is vital that people of compassion and the international community take action to help families impacted by poverty, food insecurity, and lack of access to essentials.

“Without urgent action, the current humanitarian crisis could lead to even more deaths than seen during the war.”

Mr Fernandez said generous donations from the community would ensure Caritas partners in Afghanistan can respond quickly and efficiently to support vulnerable communities.

To support Caritas Australia’s Afghanistan Earthquake Appeal, visit or call 1800 024 413 toll free.

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