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Afghanistan - Earthquake, update (DG ECHO, GDACS, UN OCHA, AMD meteo forecast) (ECHO Daily Flash of 24 June 2022)

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  • The number of deaths stands at more than 1,000 people after the 5.9 M earthquake occurred in Spera District (Khost Province, eastern Afghanistan). At least 1,455 people have been injured across three of the six most affected Districts of Paktika and Khost Provinces: Barmal (1,000), Giyan (393) and Spera (62), as reported by UN OCHA.

  • Humanitarian assistance has been dispatched to the affected areas. The European Union mobilised EUR 1 million as an initial response through the Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT). Urgent support is needed on trauma care and emergency shelter/non-food items, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and food services. 50% of the population of Paktika and 40% of population of Khost were already facing high levels of food insecurity (IPC3 and above). UN Agencies and INGOs are on the ground, providing assistance.

  • Weather conditions hampered rescue efforts, as heavy rainfall occurred over the hit Provinces. According to the Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD), for the next 24 hours, drier conditions are forecast across Khost and Paktika Provinces.

  • On 22 June, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated in rapid mapping mode (EMSR584) to support the damage assessment. Satellite products for nine areas of interest have been published so far.