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Trócaire is committing an initial €400k to support communities impacted by yesterday’s deadly earthquake through our office in Pakistan. We are also launching an emergency appeal to support aid efforts in the region.
You can donate to Trócaire’s emergency appeal or by phoning 1850 408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI).
The earthquake struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan yesterday (Monday 26 October) at 2.09pm local time (9.09am Irish time).
Trócaire is supporting the planned distribution of shelter, food and other vital supplies.
Trócaire’s emergency efforts will be focused in Pakistan, where in the northern part of the country, over 228 people are reported to have been killed and thousands more have been injured. The numbers of dead and wounded are expected to rise given that the situation in some remote areas of the country is not yet clear.
The organisation has launched an emergency appeal and is requesting the support of the public in Ireland to fund an emergency response.
Trócaire is working with partner organisations close to the border of Afghanistan.
John O’Brien, Trócaire Country Director in Pakistan said: “Many thousands of people impacted by the earthquake slept outdoors last night. They were afraid to sleep indoors due to risk of aftershocks. Homes, roads and water systems have been destroyed. Our immediate support will be around providing temporary shelter and distributing warm blankets and sleeping mats. We will work with local partners on the ground to save lives and help people recover from this horrific event.”
Noreen Gumbo, Head of Trócaire’s Humanitarian Programme added: “Trócaire and our partners on the ground are now busy assessing the most immediate needs of the affected communities. We know that elderly people are among the most vulnerable and worst impacted and we are working to ensure they receive assistance as soon as possible.”