Monday, 13 January, 2020

Iran ready to assist quake victims in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

The Iranian foreign ministry announced the country’s readiness to rapidly dispatch humanitarian aid to the quake-stricken people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Monday voiced Tehran’s readiness to provide humanitarian supplies to quake-stricken people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Afkham regretted a deadly earthquake which killed hundreds of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Monday, sympathizing with the people and governments of these countries.

Afkham prayed for the patience of the families of the victims, wishing immediate recovery for those injured in the disaster.

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale shook Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Tajikistan. It was also felt in China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt in Pakistan and northern India on Monday. The quake was also felt in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

The death toll is rapidly rising amid reports of buildings being reduced to rubble in areas hit hardest by the earthquake.

Pakistan’s Urdu language newspaper Jang said that more than one hundred people have been killed across the country as a result of the earthquake so far.

Latest reports indicate that at least 80 people have have been confirmed dead across Afghanistan.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Monday that the quake was centered near Jarm, 250 kilometers (160 miles) from the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Iran’s IRCS ready to send relief teams to quake-hit Afghanistan, Pakistan

The president of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says the body is ready to immediately dispatch relief and medical teams to Afghanistan and Pakistan which have been affected by a powerful earthquake.

In a Monday message to his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts, Amir Mohsen Ziaee expressed his condolences to the two countries’ people and families of the victims over the massive earthquake.

Ziaee said the IRCS is ready to support the Red Crescent Society in Afghanistan and Pakistan in their rescue and relief operations for the quake-affected people.


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