Flood Relief for Victims
In mid-May floods swept through the Shuhada district of Badakhshan, Afghanistan following closely on the heels of a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 10. The rushing waters destroyed more than 800 homes, washed away roads, and left canals filled in with silt and debris.
This region is known for heavy seismic activity, landslides, and floods that can wipe out homes, roads, and basic infrastructure in minutes. In these cases our in-country partners and local communities have to work quickly to open roads, clear canals and provide temporary schools and shelter so children don’t fall behind on their education.
Janagha Jaheed, executive director of Marco Polo Social Services & Reconstruction Organization (MSSRO) reported, “There are many types of losses and casualties due to these floods for the whole people and community.” Janagha requested supplies to set up temporary schools and shelters as part of the most immediate needs, “I have mostly considered the aspect of education and have requested funds for supports like tents, chairs, chalkboards and a few for excavator for cleaning the canals which directly affects the education process and students.”
Donor support has a major impact
With the support of donors, CAI was able to act quickly to procure the necessary funds for the supplies. In an area that is tied so closely with the seasons, any delay can be devastating.
“As this is the middle of the spring, it is getting much warm day by day. If these students are not supported, they would not be able to continue their education on the open floors,” explains Janagha. He is direct when he describes the consequences that could arise without help, “If the families do not receive tents and supports and canals are not cleaned and reopened, there will definitely happen another big humanitarian phenomenon due to lack of water, shelter, food, medicine and so on.”
Earthquakes and the natural disasters that follow are almost inevitable in this region, built upon the intersection of two ancient landmasses. In a recent article on the April 10th Earthquake the BBC explains, “The Hindu Kush Mountains sit on the corner of the Indian plate, rather than being at the front line of the continental collision, where the Himalayas are thrust upwards as India disappears beneath Eurasia at a rate of 40-50mm (2ins) per year.”
The determination to educate their children is born from the same determination to thrive in an area with a harsh climate and a penchant for earthquakes. CAI schools are built with the most advanced techniques to stay standing through these disasters, a testament to the people who work so hard to create a better life for their children. As long as children want to read and write, CAI will ensure there are teachers, supplies, places to learn, and a clear road to get to school.
More about natural disasters in the region:
Concern increases as relief efforts hindered after earthquake
October 31, 2015
CAI’s work in earthquake-devastated Kashmir evolves post disaster
February 13, 2013
Earthquake hits NE Afghanistan and NW Pakistan
November 9, 2011