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Ambassador Erfani’s condolence message for the victims of the landslides in Badakhshan province

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna offers its condolences to the families of the victims of the landslide in Badakhshan

 

Vienna, 5 May 2014

H.E. Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani and all staff members of the Afghan Embassy & Permanent Mission in Vienna offer their heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the 2,500 victims of the Badakhshan landslides. The terrible pair of landslides that struck Argo district in Badakhshan province on May 2, 2014, has marked the date as one of the saddest days in Afghanistan’s history. We are shocked by this disaster and deeply grieved by the incredible loss of life.

 

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The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan mourns the victims of a terrible landslide

Major disaster struck the Afghan northern province of Badakhshan on Friday. After an initial landslide which resulted in the loss of 117 lives, a second landslide occurred, which is feared to have buried more than 2,000 people.

President Hamid Karzai has offered his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. The President has ordered recovery efforts and immediate assistance to the areas affected by the catastrophe. A high-ranking Government delegation is travelling to the province. According to the United Nations, more than 350 bodies have been recovered thus far.

Rescue teams were sifting through the mud which had buried hundreds of homes, when part of a mountain collapsed following torrential rains. Tragically, this second mudslide killed early responders to the scene. Nonetheless, people from surrounding districts and provinces continue to rush to the area to help with the rescue.

Due to the sheer size of the affected area and its remote location, heavy machinery and modern equipment will be desperately needed in the rescue.

For further information regarding possible assistance or donations,
please contact the Embassy & Permanent Mission:
embassy@afghanistan-vienna.org

President Karzai Deeply Saddened by Life and Property Losses in Badakhshan Landslide

President Hamid Karzai is deeply saddened by the losses in life and property caused by landslide  in Aab Khoshk village of Argo district in Badakhshan province.

The President ordered relevant entities to provide immediate assistance to people affected by the natural disaster and to urgently rescue those who are trapped under the debris.

Following the natural disaster, President Karzai spoke with Second Vice-president, Head of the National Committee for Disaster Management, Minister of Defense, Director General of Local Governance and local officials of Badakhshan province.  It was decided that a high-ranking government delegation travel and reach out to the affected province at the soonest.

The President offers his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and prays for patience of the bereaved, and rapid recovery of the wounded.

Embassy closed for Labor Day on 1 May

Important notice:

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, Vienna will be closed due to the Labor Day public holiday on Thursday, 1 May. It will re-open on Friday, 2 May at 9 am.

The consular section of our Embassy will re-open on Monday, 5 May at 9 am.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ambassador Erfani’s Condolence Message for the victims of the hospital attack in Kabul

On behalf of the Government and the people of Afghanistan, and my colleagues at the Permanent Mission in Vienna, I wish to express my deepest grief and sorrow for the loss of three American citizens in a shooting at CURE hospital in Kabul on April 24. The three doctors were devoted to helping the needy people of Afghanistan and their selfless commitment to this noble cause will never be forgotten. We are deeply saddened by this brutal attack and wish to offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences.  Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.

The Government of Afghanistan is committed to fighting such acts of terrorism and is investigating the incident, to ensure that offenders will be brought to justice.

Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani

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Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani and H.E. Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the OSCE

Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani and H.E. Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the OSCE

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Ambassador Ayoob Erfani’s meeting with the Governor of Lower Austria,  H.E. Dr. Erwin Proell

Ambassador Ayoob Erfani’s meeting with the Governor of Lower Austria,
H.E. Dr. Erwin Proell

Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani met the Governor of Upper Austria, Dr. Josef Puehringer