On October 26, 2015 a powerful 7.5mw earthquakestruck Badakshan Province. The scale of the damage across Afghanistan has been significant. A large number of houses have been destroyed due to the earthquake or associated with landslides along with a number of fatalities and injuries. Government assessments indicate that emergency shelter, winterization and water and sanitation are the most immediate needs required.
With winter approaching and already cold nights, shelter is a huge need for families affected by the earthquake. Irrigation, canals, roads and telecommunications have been affected. Many families have been left homeless or in houses that are partially destroyed. As assessments are carried out, more and more villages are being reported as needing help and due to inaccessibility of roads the assessments are taking longer than hoped.
Concern has been in Pakistan since 2001 and Afghanistan since 1998, when we began our work with a focus on infrastructure repair and emergency relief in response to a major earthquake in the northeast. We have projects in 10 districts of Takhar and Badakshan provinces as well as in the capital of Kabul. Our focus now is to help families affected by repairing homes or by providing them with assistance to rent home so they can protect themselves from the harsh winter.
Since our inception, Concern's mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern. Our role is to ensure that people living in extreme poverty are able to meet their basic needs, achieve their rights and manage their own development. To achieve this mission, we engage in long-term development work and respond to emergency situations.