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Family Connection Services Available for Afghanistan Earthquake

Earthquake in Afghanistan

Pakistan Red Crescent Emergency Response Team members transport the injured to the hospital following the earthquake. Photo by Pakistan Red Crescent, 2015

Website activated to search for and register missing persons

The Restoring Family Links website has been activated in response to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border on October 28, 2015. The website allows those seeking loved ones living in the affected areas to search through the list of missing persons and those who have responded that they are alive. It also allows them to register missing family members. For more information, contact your local Red Cross chapter and view the press release.

The earthquake was felt across the region in India, Nepal, and as far as Dubai. The Afghan Red Crescent deployed about 200 volunteers and staff to the affected areas to provide emergency relief, conduct assessments and assist with blood donation services. Emergency response teams are mobilized for search and rescue. The Pakistan Red Crescent Society also immediately deployed to carry out relief activities. Both emergency response teams are actively involved in tending to those wounded and providing basic assistance to the most affected people. It will take several days to have a clear picture of the extent of the damages as many areas are covered by snow and many roads are still blocked due to landslides.

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation and maintaining close contact with our partners in the region. We have a long history of working in South Asia and we continue to provide recovery support to families impacted by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. In that quake, more than 9,000 people lost their lives and 800,000 homes were destroyed.

The American Red Cross provided more than $7 million in response to the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed 75,000 people.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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