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Caritas Australia providing relief to Afghani earthquake victims

Caritas Australia has provided $A40,000 in immediate relief to those affected by the earthquake that hit the district of Nahrin in northern Afghanistan last week.

It is estimated that up to 1500 people died in the earthquake, that 4000 homes were destroyed and that 10,000 people have been left homeless.

The people of this area are struggling to deal with this tragedy. This area was already, like much of Afghanistan, devastated by years of drought and famine, and the recent impact of the 'war on terror'. The earthquake devastated the area and left many in need of basic supplies.

"The town of Nahrin, along with many of the outlying villages, is largely destroyed, as a result, all these thousands of people have no place to sleep, little to wear and nothing to cook or eat with - not to mention the unspeakable tragedy they're suffering," said Paul Butler, from Caritas Australia's partner Catholic Relief Services working in the Caritas Internationalis office in Kabul.

"Suitable shelter and blankets are the critical, immediate needs," said David Swanson, CRS' interim head of office in Kabul. "It is still very cold in this remote, mountainous region."

Caritas Australia's contribution will be sent through Caritas Internationalis, who is collaborating with local partners to distribute 3100 tents, 12,000 blankets and 1500 winter jackets to those most in need.

The number for telephone donations is 1800 024 413. Click here for the secure online donations form.

Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia

3 Apr 2002