Afghanistan Earthquake Update

Shelter For Life International is responding to the earthquake that occurred in Afghanistan on October 26, 2015. The earthquake was 7.5 in magnitude and the epicenter was in Badakhshan Province, close to SFL’s existing projects. SFL has worked in Afghanistan since 1984, and implements integrated construction and community development programs. We have built shelters, schools, clinics and other infrastructure. We work closely with communities to identify their needs and design a comprehensive, grass roots response. We currently have 70 Afghan staff working in 5 regions, and we are happy to report that all SFL personnel are safe and free of injury.

The teams on the ground are conducting a detailed damage assessment in the northeastern provinces of Takhar, Baghlan, Badakhshan, and Kunduz. So far we have identified nearly 5,000 destroyed or heavily damaged houses in these provinces. We plan to do shelter reconstruction and renovation in the key districts where damages are high and SFL has an existing presence. The exact number of targeted families is still being determined. The cost to construct a safe, one-room house in Afghanistan is typically $1,800.

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In the midst of this tragedy, we have viewed a number of shelters built by SFL in the past, and are happy to report that the assessed structures have withstood the earthquake with little to no damage. It has always been our priority in the region to design and construct shelters that incorporate disaster risk reduction measures. These two photographs (taken by our staff) show the outside and inside of a house previously constructed by SFL, still standing and undamaged after the earthquake.

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SFL shelter after the earthquake in Shamar village

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