USAID airlifts supplies for earthquake victims in Algeria
In response to the devastating 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Algeria on Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is airlifting 6,000 blankets, medical supply kits for 30,000 people and 600 tents for the earthquake-affected population. In addition, USAID also released $50,000 to the Algerian Red Crescent Society for emergency relief supplies.
The Government of Algeria reported preliminary estimates of 800 people killed, 5,600 injured, and approximately 10,000 left homeless, but numbers may continue to rise. USAID will continue to monitor casualty and damage reports, and coordinate with the US Embassy in Algeria to ensure that humanitarian needs are being met.
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was 45 miles east of Algiers, the capital, near the town of Thenia. The cities of Algiers, Bourmedes and Rouiba were most affected by the quake. A hospital collapsed in Bourmedes, 30 miles east of Algiers, and telecommunications in the region were severely disrupted.
At least ten aftershocks occurred after the initial quake, including three with magnitudes greater than 5.0, in heavily populated areas. The aftershocks have hampered rescue efforts. This was the biggest earthquake to hit Algeria since 1980. — (menareport.com)
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