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Emergency Assistance to Western Afghanistan in Response to the Earthquake

October 10, 2023

Today, October 10, 2023, upon the request of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods such as tents, blankets, etc. through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Western Afghanistan in response to the damages caused by the earthquake.

In light of the humanitarian perspective, Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance to Afghanistan to support people affected by the earthquake.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred in Western Afghanistan in the province of Herat (twice) at 11:00 a.m. (3:00 pm JST) on October 7, 2023. According to OCHA, as of October 8, 2023, all houses collapsed, 1,023 people died, 1,663 people are injured and 516 people are missing in 11 villages of the providence of Herat (Zindajan district). In total, 11,585 people (1,655 families) were affected by the disaster. The number of victims is expected to increase further as surveys in remote areas continue. Some media reports put the death toll at approximately 2,400 people.

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