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Deadly Earthquakes Rock Afghanistan, Direct Relief Assesses Needs



Requested medical aid arrives at Afshar Hospital in 2022 in Kabul, Afghanistan, to support the hospital's patients and surrounding community members. Direct Relief is assessing needs in the country after a devastating earthquake rattled the region on Oct. 7, 2023. (Photos courtesy of Afshar Hospital)

A pair of devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquakes reverberated through western Afghanistan on Saturday, killing thousands and injuring more.

The death toll on Monday exceeded 2,400 and the quakes had left entire villages destroyed in the area 20 miles northwest of the city of Herat, located near Afghanistan’s western border with Iran.

Direct Relief has provided $16.3 million in medical aid since 2008, including to Afshar Hospital run by the Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief. Direct Relief last shipped to the group in June 2023, and sent requested multivitamins and personal care items.

Shipments to the region have occurred on a much more limited basis since the country’s takeover by the Taliban in 2021. Direct Relief is contacting organizations still operating in the country to assess medical needs.

The organization will respond to requests for medical aid as they become known.

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