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Herat Earthquake Appeal

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck Herat Province on October 7, 2023, causing the loss of 2,000 lives and leaving thousands more injured. The earthquake hit an area 40km northwest of Herat, affecting around 3,000 families (approximately 10,000 individuals) and 12 villages near the city.

OHW’s team, based in Herat, and Badghis have traveled to the affected areas to provide emergency support and assess the needs of the earthquake-affected population. We are coordinating and collaborating with other INGOs to explore opportunities for joint response efforts. The earthquake caused a lot of damage, leaving many families without shelter, injured, and very shocked. These affected populations urgently need shelter, food, clean water, medical care, and emotional support.

OHW has been working in Herat for over 12 years. Our teams have planned to distribute 500 emergency NFI kits to earthquake-affected people who are living without any shelter, but still, it’s not healing the current needs of the affected people. As winter approaches, OHW is appealing to national and international actors to help us support the most vulnerable by providing heaters, fuel, blankets, clothes, hygiene, water storage packages, food items, and health services. Meanwhile, OHW aims to visit affected families to support their mental health.

OHW urgently needs your help to support the families affected by the earthquake in Herat and Badghis. Your contribution to OHW will directly help us provide essential assistance to the affected families in Herat and Badghis provinces. Our team of volunteers and professionals is working tirelessly to ensure that aid reaches those in greatest need. Your donation will enable us to provide emergency supplies, shelter support, set up medical services, and offer counseling to help survivors cope with the emotional aftermath of this devastating event.

To make a donation and join us in this important mission, please contact us at

Mohammad Hussain Shahristani – Humanitarian Manager (pic3@ohw.org.af)
Mohammad Sulaiman Waheedi – Advocacy and Communication Coordinator (advocacy@ohw.org.af)
OHW Leadership (info@ohw.org.af)

Your generous support will make a significant impact in providing relief, strength, and hope to those who need it the most. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of the affected families.

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