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Updated 27 November, 2015


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On 26 October, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Northern Afghanistan, causing deaths, injuries and widespread damage. Neighbouring Pakistan and India were also severely affected. The quake left countless homes levelled and over 280 people dead, of which, over 200 were in Pakistan. The earthquake also jolted Kashgar, Aksu and other regions in Xinjiang, China.

Together with its partners, Oxfam’s staff responded to the needs of survivors in affected communities in Pakistan, and worked to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide basic Water, Sanitation and Hygiene needs of 21,000 earthquake affected women, men, girls and boys in Khyber Pakhtukhwa Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan;
  • Advocate for the rights of earthquake affected communities regarding government assistance and meaningful participation of communities at all levels with special focus on women’s needs.

What humanitarian relief we are providing:

  • Distributing 3,000 family hygiene kits
  • Distributing 153 rolls of tarpaulin sheets for shelter
  • Distributing a total of 1,410 latrine slabs to enable 21,000 individuals to meet their sanitation needs
  • Ensuring that the voices of earthquake affected people, especially girls and women, are heard
  • Monitoring authorities to ensure that they are fulfilling their responsibilities

Oxfam has projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and has much experience in both development and humanitarian work in these countries. The agency will continue to work closely with local authorities and partners to obtain the latest information on the disaster and survivors’ needs to provide urgent and appropriate assistance.

Updated 27 October, 2015

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Northern Afghanistan on 26 October, causing deaths, injuries and widespread damage. Neighbouring Pakistan and India were also severely affected. The quake left countless homes levelled and over 280 people dead, of which, over 200 were in Pakistan. The earthquake also jolted Kashgar, Aksu and other regions in Xinjiang in China.

Oxfam’s staff in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are assessing the scale of the damage in order to respond to the needs of survivors as quickly as possible. With limited access to the mountainous region where the quake struck and hampered communications, the agency is coordinating with the local government and partners to obtain more comprehensive information. The number of casualties is expected to rise in remote areas.

Oxfam has projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and has much experience in both development and humanitarian work in these countries. The agency will continue to work closely with local authorities and partners to obtain the latest information on the disaster and survivors’ needs to provide urgent and appropriate assistance such as shelters, food, clean water, and hygiene facilities and supplies. Survivors of the quake will be posed with even greater challenges as winter sets in; they will need supplies as soon as possible to keep them warm.