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India to donate $1 mn relief assistance to Afghanistan


New Delhi, May 8:

India would hand over $1 million financial assistance to Afghanistan for relief and rehabilitation in Badakshan province that was hit by a massive landslide last week burying over 2,000 people.

(IANS pic)
(IANS pic)

The Indian embassy would hand over the financial assistance to the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) Thursday in Kabul, a ministry of external affairs statement said.

“As per PM’s announcement of financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation of damages caused by landslide in Badakshan province of Afghanistan on May 2 Embassy is going to handover $1 million to Afghan MFA tomorrow in Kabul.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had called up President Hamid Karzai May 5 to express his grief over the loss of life due to the landslides in Badakshan province. During the conversation, the prime minister had pledged $1 million assistance for the affected families.

On May 2, a hill collapsed on a remote village in Aab Bareek area of Argo district in Badakhshan, 315 km northeast of Afghan capital Kabul, killing 2,000 people. The disaster was triggered by heavy rains. (IANS)