Ambassador Erfani delivers a message of condolence for the Badakhshan landslide tragedy at the OSCE
Ambassador Erfani delivered a message of condolence at the 999th OSCE PC for the victims of the landslide tragedy in Badakhshan proviince, Afghanistan. The Ambassador began by updating his colleagues at the OSCE on the situation on the ground in Badakhshan:
“Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen for your condolences and for keeping the families and victims of the landslide tragedy in Badakhshan province in your thoughts, during this difficult time. The Government of Afghanistan is doing all it can to assist the family members of those who lost their lives in the devastating tragedy which occurred Friday, 2 May, in the village of Abi Barak, Badakhshan province. The National Disaster Management Authority, headed by Vice President, Mohammad Youns Qanooni, has flown in a number of provisions; however, Afghanistan is still in urgent need of assistance. On Friday, Mother Nature stole the lives of more than the yearly average death toll in Afghanistan in one day; reportedly over 2,500 people are either dead or missing.
Regretfully, on Sunday, May 4, a national day of mourning was declared for Afghanistan, as rescue workers were forced to give up the hope that survivors would still be found. However, in addition to the devastating loss of life, more than 14,000 people have been displaced through the disaster. Housing and shelter, access to clean drinking water and food have been eliminated. These displaced persons are in desperate need of assistance.
A crisis is known to unite a nation: President Karzai visited Badakhshan yesterday to meet those who have been affected by the landslides, to discuss their needs and to reassure them. The Afghan Government has established a High Commission to facilitate aid distribution and has created a foreign bank account to receive donations worldwide. Here in Vienna, the Afghan community has come together to mourn the loss and has been working tirelessly in fundraising efforts, with our own account established to support the victims.”
The Ambassador concluded by thanking his colleagues in the International Community who have been so forthcoming in expressing sympathy, solidarity and support for the victims of the disaster. He continued “We are grateful for all those who have been so generous in contributing humanitarian relief thus far for the victims and assisting with the resettlement of the displaced persons.”
For further information on how you can assist the people in Badakshan, please contact the Embassy at: email@example.com
Should you wish to contribute, the bank details are as follows:
Vienna, Austria, Local account no.: 36200345019, BLZ: 43000, Volksbank Wien, Kennwort: Badachshan
All donations will then be collectively transferred to the Government’s special donations account in Kabul (Da Afghanistan Bank, AFGBAFKA, 3000209050055, Afghanistan Government Disaster Contribution Committee Bank Account).