Over 24,000 families in Herat remain homeless six months after earthquake, UN reports

Damages left by Oct. 7 earthquakes in Zinda Jan district, Herat province. FILE PHOTO

The United Nations’ Coordination Office for Humanitarian Assistance has reported that 24,800 families in Herat province, affected by an earthquake, are still living in tents and temporary shelters six months after the disaster struck.

The office highlighted the critical situation of these earthquake-affected families in Herat, stressing that they should not be overlooked. It provided statistics indicating that the earthquakes destroyed 40,000 houses and affected approximately 275,000 people in the area.

While humanitarian efforts persist in the province, the UN office asserts that immediate action is essential to address the ongoing crisis.

The earthquakes in Herat resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives, including many children and women, on a monthly basis. Despite the urgent need for assistance, the Taliban’s governance has deterred international involvement in recovery efforts.

The Red Cross Committee previously underscored the acute need for adequate shelter for the victims, highlighting the necessity for safe and warm accommodations.

Local residents of Herat have expressed concerns that both the Taliban and UN agencies have failed to transparently manage and distribute aid provided by international organizations and various countries.

In recent developments, the Taliban announced this week the distribution of at least 60 residential houses to residents of Herat affected by the earthquakes.