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Afghanistan earthquake: through the eyes of survivors

On 22 June, a powerful 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Afghanistan in the early morning.

The tremor left more than 1,000 people dead and some 270,000 affected. The provinces of Giyan, Paktika, and Khost are amongst the hardest hit.

The event has worsened the already-dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, where some 24 million people are already in need of humanitarian assistance.

With EU humanitarian funding, the Norwegian Refugee Council has provided cash assistance to over 200 families affected by the devastating earthquake.

View of a destructed house
Considered the deadliest to strike the country in decades, the earthquake left a trail of massive destruction along its path. Close to 2,000 houses in the affected region have been reduced to rubble, leaving many homeless.
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7 year old boy in front of the destructed house
7-year-old Nasrullah is the only survivor of a 5-member family in Paktika province. He lost his father, mother and 2 sisters. Having lost his home in addition, Nasrullah now lives with his relatives. “I missed my family,” Nasrullah said.
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Aid worker sitting on the debris of a building talking to Shafi
Shafi, 45, was asleep when the earthquake happened at midnight. “It began with a terrible sound and a strong shaking,” he said. “Then, the roof of the room fell down and injured my hand and feet. We unfortunately lost 3 family members in this earthquake.”
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3 children sitting in a make shift shelter tent
Almost every family living in the earthquake-affected provinces have children who often have great difficulty coping with memories of the earthquake. Having experienced such a traumatic event, it takes time to regain a sense of safety.
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group of persons talking to an aid worker in front of a small house
Following the devastating earthquake, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) immediately conducted needs assessments to evaluate the severity of the quake on people living in the affected areas.
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Group of men sitting on a carpet in a tent receiving their cash assistance
With EU humanitarian funding, NRC provided €300 (AFN28,000) in cash assistance to nearly 220 families as immediate response. The cash has helped these families to meet their basic needs.
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Story and photos by the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Publication date: 03/08/2022