International humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide is assessing the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan.
The earthquake struck at 13:39 local time in Afghanistan and reports of shelters having collapsed have come from various districts and villages in the north east of the country including Badakshan, Takhar and Farkhar district. Existing Concern Worldwide teams already working in the areas have mobilised and have begun to assess the situation.
Janardhan Rao, Country Director for Concern Worldwide in Afghanistan said:
Dominc MacSorley, Concern Worldwide’s CEO, added:
Concern has been working in Afghanistan since 1998 and Pakistan since 2001. In Afghanistan the organisation focuses on ensuring people are able to earn a living and feed themselves and their families, empowering women and improving access to clean water. In Pakistan work focuses on enhancing livelihoods and improving access to water and sanitation.
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About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to reducing extreme poverty and has nearly 3,000 personnel working in 27 countries around the world in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Concern Worldwide targets the root causes of extreme poverty through programs in health, education, livelihoods and microfinance, HIV and AIDS, and emergency response, directly reaching nearly 7.4 million people in 2014.