WFP appeals for $23 million in urgent aid for Herat earthquake victims

The World Food Programme (WFP) has issued a plea for immediate assistance, seeking $23 million to provide crucial aid to nearly 120,000 people who have been affected by last month’s earthquakes in the western province of Herat.

Hsiao-Wei Lee, the Country Director of WFP in Afghanistan, expressed deep concern for the residents in the region who are grappling with the aftermath of these earthquakes, compounded by the devastating impact of subsequent storms.

Lee stated, “More than 150,000 individuals, who were already vulnerable, have felt the dire consequences of a succession of earthquakes in Afghanistan. Those who have managed to survive have lost everything. They continue to endure the trauma of one earthquake after another, followed by relentless storms.”

The WFP remains steadfast in its commitment to providing essential food support to those affected by the Herat earthquake. The organization has also announced its intentions to extend financial assistance to nearly 120,000 individuals directly impacted by the seismic events for a duration of up to seven months.

To accomplish this vital mission, the WFP is urgently appealing for a $23 million fund to ensure that the needs of those affected are met promptly.

Lee emphasized, “We have a comprehensive plan to support nearly 120,000 people for up to seven months, providing them with essential food and launching projects to help them rebuild their lives. However, this endeavor requires an immediate $23 million in funding. Countless Afghan families are in desperate need of your support.”

The dire situation in Herat has compelled hundreds of families, including young children, to endure harsh nights under makeshift tents. These affected families have reported a severe lack of access to sufficient food, essential medical supplies, and adequate shelter.

According to a recent report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 10,000 homes in Herat have been entirely demolished, while an additional 20,000 residences have sustained significant damage.