India ready to provide aid, assistance to Afghan people after devastating earthquake


PTI

United Nations, June 24

India has said it stands ready to provide aid and assistance to the people of Afghanistan in their hour of need after a devastating earthquake killed nearly 1,000 people, destroyed homes and displaced many in the country.

“First of all, I convey my deepest condolences to the victims and their families and all those affected by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan,” TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said at the Security Council briefing and consultation on Afghanistan. Thursday.

He said, “India shares the grief of the people of Afghanistan and stands ready to provide assistance and assistance in this hour of need.”

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has also tweeted that the first consignment of India’s earthquake relief assistance to the people of Afghanistan has reached Kabul and has been handed over by the Indian team there.

“The further consignment is also as follows,” he said.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Afghanistan on Wednesday morning and affected four districts of Patika province – Gyan, Barmala, Naka and Ziruk as well as Spera district of Khost province.

The United Nations’ humanitarian agency, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people and displaced many others and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes. OCHA is coordinating emergency response on behalf of UN agencies and humanitarian partners.

Tirumurti said India supported Security Council resolution 2615 providing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, while ensuring that the Security Council continues its surveillance against any possible diversion of funds and misuse of sanctions exemptions .