Herat, 10 October 2023 (TDI): The first plane carrying the Turkish relief aid for the Herat earthquake victims arrived at the Herat Airport, Afghanistan on October 9.

The humanitarian and medical aid carried by the Turkish Air Force plane was donated by the Turkish Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).

The officials of the Turkish Consulate in Herat along with the Turkish Chargé d’Affaires and Chief of Mission of Turkish Embassy to Kabul, Cenk Ünal were also present at the airport to receive the humanitarian and medical aid.

The aid included tents, blankets, and medical supplies provided by AFAD.

Besides that, the AFAD search and rescue team, and Turkish medical personnel also arrived in Herat to help the Herat earthquake victims.

The officials of the Turkish Consulate in Herat and Turkish Chargé d’Affaires also visited and examined the earthquake zones on October 8.

From the very first moment, the Turkish Consulate in Herat had been trying to extend Turkey’s helping hand to those affected by the earthquake on October 7.

In cooperation with the Turkish organizations and institutions in Afghanistan, the Turkish Consulate delivered food and water to earthquake victims on the evening of October 7.

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People affected by Herat earthquake

Due to the Herat earthquake, in total, 11,585 people (1,655 families) were assessed to have been affected including 1,320 families in the Zindajan district, 150 families in the Injil district, 95 families in the Gulran district, 60 families in the Kohsan district, and 30 families in Kushk (Robat-e-Sagani) district.

Also, 1,023 people were reported to have been killed and 1,663 people injured across eleven villages of Zindajan district, Herat Province, where 100 percent of homes are estimated to have been destroyed.

The number of casualties and affected households is expected to rise as soon as remote areas are reached and assessments are completed.