SINGAPORE: The government will donate US$50,000 to support the public fundraising efforts of the Singapore Red Cross following a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan.
“The Government of Singapore will provide US$50,000 as seed capital to support the public fundraising efforts of the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRC) for the humanitarian crisis caused by the earthquake in Afghanistan on 22 June 2022,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said. in a press release Friday, June 24.
“This will complement the SRC’s pledge of S$50,000 for urgently needed medical supplies and other basic necessities.
“Singapore sends its deepest condolences to the families of the earthquake victims.”
Wednesday’s 5.9-magnitude quake – Afghanistan’s deadliest in years – hit the country’s rugged eastern province of Paktika the hardest.
In addition to damaging or destroying thousands of mud houses and other structures, it knocked down cell phone towers and power lines while triggering landslides and mudslides that blocked roads in Mountain.
The earthquake killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500. More than 3,000 homes were destroyed.
The death toll makes it Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in two decades, according to US government data.