UN / AFGHANISTAN EARTHQUAKE

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An earthquake in the Central Region of Afghanistan on Tuesday morning caused at least “hundreds” of casualties, the Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan informed. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“I will not speculate on the number of casualties. We received different estimates, people are still being out of the rubble wherever it is possible. But definitely, we are talking about hundreds, let’s see what we will be talking about tomorrow. I will not speculate on numbers at this point.”
4. Wide shot, briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“Preliminary estimates, we are talking, what has been seen, probably US$ 15 million will be required immediately to respond to the multisectoral needs. We are concerned not just with non-food items and getting people into shelters and providing medical supplies, but also preventing water-borne diseases. Obviously, with destruction of this scale plkus rain and lack of sanitation, could lead to the outbreak of a disease that could be waterborne disease, and that would be a very, very unwelcomed scenario.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“Definitely, we do not have the capacity, as I said, for taking out people from under the rubble. Such capacity does not exist. We had preliminary contacts with some of the regional countries, so, based on the necessities that will probably be made clear in the morning we will then formally ask them to provide such support. I will not speculate about it. Further today, the de facto authorities have some capacity and some machinery. I am still unclear at this point, I don’t have the detailed reports, how well positioned they are to operate and deploy machinery to this mountainous areas. We are talking basically about mountainous areas.”
8. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:

An earthquake in the Central Region of Afghanistan on Tuesday morning caused at least “hundreds” of casualties, the Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan informed.

Speaking to journalists in New York via videoconference on Wednesday (22 June), Ramiz Alakbarov said that he would “not speculate on the number of casualties” because there are different estimates.

According to the the Deputy Special Representative, the earthquake impaced the Paktika and Khost provinces. The earthquake – which was recorded at a depth of 10 km – was reportedly felt in neighbouring provinces including Kabul, as well as in Islamabad, Pakistan and India.

Preliminary estimates show that US$ 15 million will be required immediately to respond to the multisectoral needs, Alakbarov informed.

Humanitarian partners are preparing to assist affected families in Paktika and Khost provinces in coordination with the de-facto authorities, including the Office for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs (ANDMA).

The humanitarian coordinator said the UN is “concerned not just with non-food items and getting people into shelters and providing medical supplies, but also preventing water-borne diseases.”

“Obviously, with destruction of this scale plkus rain and lack of sanitation, could lead to the outbreak of a disease that could be waterborne disease, and that would be a very, very unwelcomed scenario,” Alakbarov said.

With search and rescue operations ongoing, the humanitarian said the UN and its partners do not have the capacity for taking out people from under the rubble, but preliminary contacts have been made with some regional countries and formal requests will be made when necessities become clearer.

Alakbarov also said that “the de facto authorities have some capacity and some machinery” but that, at this point, there are no detailed reports about how “well positioned they are to operate and deploy machinery to this mountainous areas.”
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