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HERAT, AFGHANISTAN November 20, 2023 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, recently delivered emergency aid to more than 4,270 earthquake survivors in Afghanistan after multiple earthquakes struck the region last month.
Approximately 500 families in the Herat province received warm clothes and blankets to protect themselves from the cold weather. An estimated 70 percent of beneficiaries were women and children according to Elizabeth Sohail, program development manager at Baitulmaal.
“Most of the affected families lost their means of protection and shelter due to the multiple earthquakes that struck,” Sohail said. “With the temperatures dropping, women and children were at risk of falling ill without warm clothes and blankets.”
On Saturday, October 7, 2023, Herat province in western Afghanistan was hit by the first of a series of four deadly earthquakes, all measuring 6.3 magnitude. According to UNICEF, almost 1,500 people were reportedly killed in Herat and the surrounding districts. In the three most affected districts, around 150,000 people either completely lost their homes or their homes were severely damaged.
Baitulmaal has been on the ground in Afghanistan mobilizing aid to affected areas. In addition to delivering emergency aid after earthquakes and floods, Baitulmaal provides food, winter supplies and income generation projects. To learn more about or contribute to these efforts, visit Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Texas, the charity has domestic offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
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