India has swiftly reached out to quake-hit Afghanistan by dispatching 27 tons of emergency relief assistance in two flights for its citizens. So far, two consignments of relief assistance sent by India for the people of Afghanistan have reached Kabul.
According to news reports, 1,160 persons have been killed and at least 1,600 persons have been injured in Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in two decades. Over 3000 homes have been destroyed, the Associated Press reported citing data from state-run media. The June 22 quake hit about 28 miles southwest of the city of Khost, a provincial capital in the country’s northeast, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Arindam Bagchi, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted on Friday that the second consignment of India's earthquake relief assistance for the people of Afghanistan had reached Kabul. The first such consignment from India for the people of Afghanistan reached Kabul on Thursday and was handed over by the Indian team there.
Second consignment of India's earthquake relief assistance for the people of Afghanistan reaches Kabul. pic.twitter.com/S7nDhi0nX4
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) June 24, 2022
The MEA said on Friday that the relief assistance consists of essential items including family ridge tents, sleeping bags, blankets, sleeping mats, etc. The relief consignment will be handed over to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in Kabul.
In August last year, India decided to move its embassy personnel to India in view of the situation in Kabul. This movement was completed in two phases and the Ambassador and all other India-based personnel reached New Delhi on August 17. The embassy was being run with local staff.