KABUL: The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) said here Wednesday that 100 houses will be built for the victims of the Friday’s massive landslide in the Argo district of northern Badakhshan province. More than 2,000 were killed and hundreds displaced in the remote area after a mountain collapsed on their homes on 2nd May.
“There are 100 houses targeted for construction by the Red Crescent Society to cater for families displaced by the landslide in Badakhshan’s Argo district,” said ARCS President Fatema Gilani. “More shelters will be built once more donations pour in to finance the constructions,” she said at a ceremony on the occasion of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. She hinted that upon construction, houses will be distributed to those families who lost their houses and are at risk in the district. “But, widows and the poorest will be a priority.”
A sum of $50,000 has been donated by the China’s Red Crescent and an additional $125,000has been committed by an Indian businessman based in United Arab Emirates, to fund the erection of the houses in Badakhshan, she added. “Besides, the ARCS will allot the eight-week revenue incurred from the sale of Isar tickets for the construction initiative.”Several organizations and countries have also pledged financial help. Iran, UAE, and Turkey red crescent agencies have also donated edible and non-edible items for the victims of Argo district, she said.