by Haroon Mudasser
Following the earthquake in Paktia province, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is distributing aid packages including in-kind food baskets, non-food items, hygiene items and aid multi-purpose cash to 500 affected families worth a total of 25 million Afghans after a rapid on-site assessment.
The SCA Country Director, Daniel Madhani, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the incident and insisted: “We are exploring the possibility of financing longer-term sustainable solutions to maintain essential services in the areas of health, education, food security, and agriculture, as well as rehabilitation and restoration of individual and community infrastructure, and livelihoods.
SCA has developed an emergency response plan to protect and save the lives of affected communities by meeting their immediate needs by providing lifesaving services in a timely, dignified and appropriate manner. SCA has mobilized internal staff as well as some external staff from local communities who are supporting the distribution of planned relief items.
“We have a team on the ground working to ensure that the emergency response plan should be implemented in accordance with humanitarian standards.” adds the country director.
Targeted households received emergency shelter materials and basic household items and will receive cash assistance for two months under the contingency plan.
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the ABADEI program (Area-based Approach for Emergency Development Initiative) supports households affected.