Ready to provide assistance to Afghanistan after devastating quake: India

New Delhi: India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti at a Security Council briefing and consultations on Afghanistan on Thursday (June 23, 2022) stated that India is prepared to provide assistance and assist to the individuals of Afghanistan of their hour of want as a devastating earthquake killed practically 1000 individuals, destroyed homes and displaced a number of. “At the outset, I specific our deepest condolences to the victims and their households, and to all these impacted by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. India shares the grief of the individuals of Afghanistan and is prepared to provide assistance and assist on this hour of want,” stated T S Tirumurti. 

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Central Region of Afghanistan early Wednesday morning and 4 districts in Patika province – Gayan, Barmala, Naka and Ziruk – in addition to Spera district in Khost province, have been affected. The earthquake registered at a depth of 10 km, UN humanitarian company United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated.

Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has additionally tweeted that the primary consignment of India’s earthquake aid assistance for the individuals of Afghanistan has reached Kabul and has been handed over by the Indian group there. Further consignment additionally follows, he added.

According to the reviews, a minimum of 1,000 individuals have been killed within the quake with a number of others displaced practically 2,000 properties destroyed. OCHA is coordinating the emergency response on behalf of UN businesses and humanitarian companions.

Tirumurti stated India has supported the Security Council Resolution 2615 that offered for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, whereas guaranteeing that the Security Council would proceed to train its oversight to guard towards any potential diversion of funds and misuse of exemptions from sanctions.

“We hope that the ‘humanitarian carve outs’ of this Resolution are absolutely utilized by the UN businesses and their help companions and aberrations addressed,” he stated.

In response to the humanitarian wants of the Afghan individuals, India has dispatched a number of shipments of humanitarian assistance consisting of 30,000 MTs of wheat, 13 tons of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and winter clothes.

These humanitarian consignments have been handed over to the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, Kabul, and UN specialised businesses corresponding to World Health Organisation and the World Food Program (WFP).

To guarantee honest and simply distribution of India’s wheat assistance, the Government of India signed an settlement with the WFP for the distribution of fifty,000 MT of wheat inside Afghanistan. The dispatch of this wheat to Afghanistan has already commenced, he stated.

Medical and food-grain assistance

Further, to oversee the utilization of India’s medical and food-grain assistance and to additional assess the humanitarian necessities of Afghan individuals, an Indian group visited Kabul lately on June 2-3 and met with representatives of worldwide organizations concerned in distribution of the humanitarian assistance.

In addition, the group additionally visited locations the place Indian programmes and tasks are being carried out like Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Habibia High School, Chimtala sub-power station and the WFP wheat distribution heart.

“We are actually within the technique of delivery extra medical assistance and meals grains to Afghanistan. We additionally gifted a million doses of India’s COVAXIN COVID-19 vaccines to Iran to administer to the Afghan refugees in Iran. In addition, we’ve got assisted UNICEF by supplying nearly 60 million doses of polio vaccine and two tons of important medicines,” he stated.

Tirumurti reiterated that humanitarian assistance needs to be based mostly on ideas of neutrality, impartiality, and independence. The disbursement of humanitarian help needs to be non-discriminatory and accessible to all, no matter ethnicity, faith, or political perception. In specific, the assistance ought to attain probably the most weak first, together with ladies, youngsters, and minorities.

Noting that peace and safety in Afghanistan are essential imperatives that the worldwide neighborhood wants to collectively attempt for, he stated India will proceed to play its position in direction of the pursuit of that goal and the pursuits of Afghan individuals will proceed to be on the coronary heart of our efforts in Afghanistan.

He underlined that as a contiguous neighbour and long-standing accomplice of Afghanistan, India has direct stakes in guaranteeing the return of peace and stability to the nation.

“Therefore, given our robust historic and civilisational linkages to the Afghan individuals, we’re deeply involved in regards to the current developments in Afghanistan, particularly the deteriorating humanitarian scenario,” he stated

(With company inputs)

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