UN / AFGHANISTAN UPDATE

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A UN spokesperson said, “In Afghanistan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs tell us that aftershocks continue three days after the earthquake which struck Herat Province and affected more than 12,000 people.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

10 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In Afghanistan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs tell us that aftershocks continue three days after the earthquake which struck Herat Province and affected more than 12,000 people. The district of Zindajan is the worst affected area, with more than 1,300 people killed and nearly 500 people still reported missing, according to community-level assessments. The latest UN satellite imagery also indicates extreme levels of destruction in the district of Injil.
We, along with our partners, are on the ground and providing assistance.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The World Food Programme distributed high-energy biscuits to more than 450 households in Zindajan district and dispatched 75 tons of foods to Zindajan and Gularan districts. Health partners are providing emergency trauma care in Herat Regional Hospital - which is the main referral hospital - as well as primary healthcare and mental health support in affected villages. The UN Refugee Agency has responded with an initial delivery of 250 tents and 1,190 blankets to families. Some 1,050 Core Relief Items will be distributed to households who have lost everything including kitchen sets and basic hygiene items.”
6. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The International Organization for Migration has also delivered emergency shelter tents, non-food items and repair tool kits and water trucks. UNICEF has distributed hygiene kits and soaps and is providing water trucking. UNFPA has also provided dignity kits and mother and baby kits to affected communities and is also providing specialized counselling. Our humanitarian colleagues warn that children are particularly vulnerable and have suffered severe psychological distress from the earthquake. They require mental health and psychosocial support.”
8. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq walks away

STORYLINE:

A UN spokesperson said, “In Afghanistan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs tell us that aftershocks continue three days after the earthquake which struck Herat Province and affected more than 12,000 people.”

Briefing journalists today (10 Oct) in New York, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said that the district of Zindajan is “the worst affected area, with more than 1,300 people killed and nearly 500 people still reported missing, according to community-level assessments.”

He added, “The latest UN satellite imagery also indicates extreme levels of destruction in the district of Injil.We, along with our partners, are on the ground and providing assistance.”

According to Haq, the World Food Programme (WFP) distributed high-energy biscuits to more than 450 households in Zindajan district and dispatched 75 tons of foods to Zindajan and Gularan districts.

He said, “Health partners are providing emergency trauma care in Herat Regional Hospital - which is the main referral hospital - as well as primary healthcare and mental health support in affected villages.”

The spokesperson continued, “the UN Refugee Agency has responded with an initial delivery of 250 tents and 1,190 blankets to families. Some 1,050 Core Relief Items will be distributed to households who have lost everything including kitchen sets and basic hygiene items.”

The International Organization for Migration has also delivered emergency shelter tents, non-food items and repair tool kits and water trucks.

He noted, “UNICEF has distributed hygiene kits and soaps and is providing water trucking. UNFPA has also provided dignity kits and mother and baby kits to affected communities and is also providing specialized counselling.”

Haq concluded, “Our humanitarian colleagues warn that children are particularly vulnerable and have suffered severe psychological distress from the earthquake. They require mental health and psychosocial support.
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