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UN sends relief supplies to help victims of recent quake in Afghanistan

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The United Nations and its various specialized agencies are sending relief supplies to the scene of the earthquake that struck two Afghan provinces south of Kabul last week, the Office of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan announced on Thursday.
The Islamabad-based UN office reported that the supplies included shelter and food, with the UN World Food Programme allocating 55 tons of wheat, beans and high energy biscuits to 400 of the worst-affected families. According to the Coordinator's Office, more than 5,500 homes were damaged and destroyed in the quake, which left at least 30,000 people homeless. Ninety mosques were also ruined.

Although international UN staff have been out of Afghanistan since August 1998, the United Nations sent in a team of four international staff members to Kabul earlier this week to help coordinate earthquake relief efforts. Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Habitat are sending shelter materials and blankets. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the UN World Health Organization sent medical supplies to treat the injured.