Afghanistan: Earthquake - Mar 2002
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1) Basic Information
-A Long Battle and The Largest Number of Refugees in History
The fighting that began in 1979 with the invasion of the former Soviet Union has intensified over the years, forcing many Afghans to flee their home. As a result, they sought refuge in neighboring countries like Pakistan and Iran. Internal ensued after the withdrawal of the Soviet Army in 1989.
Experts from Iran and nine neighbouring countries will cooperate in identifying ways to reduce the risks posed by such natural disasters as drought and earthquakes, which can undermine development gains and worsen poverty.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Harnessing modern technology and increasing regional cooperation in disaster preparedness could save lives and help prevent some of the billions of dollars in property damage each year across Asian and the Pacific, United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Bangkok.
2002 Substantive Session
25th and 26th Meetings (AM & PM)
The Economic and Social Council continued its humanitarian affairs segment at the highest level today, in an interactive dialogue on reaching vulnerable groups in the context of complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters, and on the transition from relief to development in that same context.
WHO's Exceptional Measures for Health Needs in Emergencies. Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO Director-General, announced exceptional action in response to health needs in emergency and crisis situations throughout the world. Her statement was made at the World Health Assembly, the WHO's 191 Member States' decision making body, which held its fifty-fifth annual meeting between 13 and18 May in Geneva.
News Release No. 096/02
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (30 May 2002) - A US$15 million package of technical assistance grants for wide-ranging capacity building in Afghanistan was approved today by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This is the first step towards a resumption of full ADB operations in Afghanistan since 1979.
One cluster of grants is to build capacity in several sectors - agriculture and natural resources, education and health, road transport and energy, and finance.
World Concern, through our partnership in Northeast Afghanistan, is currently providing food to more than 65,000 people in 78 villages in the districts of Chah Ab and Rustaq in Takhar province. Road rebuilding continues to be the primary focus of our "food for work" programs. In these programs, laborers receive food for their families in exchange for taking part in rebuilding their communities. Families in our "food for work" program have completed work on 69 km (43 miles) of roads in Chah Ab district and 26 km (16 miles) in Rustaq.
By Hler Gudjonsson in Herat
Presentation by Mark Malloch Brown
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
and Chair, United Nations Development Group
United Nations, New York
Date-Time 2002 04 12 04:00:26 UTC
Location 35.88N 69.25E
Depth 33.0 kilometers
Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Reference 95 miles (150 km) N of KABUL, Afghanistan
Source USGS NEIC
United States Agency for International
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance