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India sends first consignment of quake relief assistance to Afghanistan

India sends first consignment of quake relief assistance to Afghanistan

New Delhi, June 23 (UNI) India on Thursday sent its first consignment of relief assistance for the people of Afghanistan following the devastating earthquake there. The relief was sent as India also stationed an Indian "technical team" at its embassy in Kabul.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in a tweet said:
“The First consignment of India's earthquake relief assistance for the people of Afghanistan reaches Kabul. Being handed over by the Indian team there.
“Further consignment follows.”
The relief assistance follows a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences over the deaths due to a massive quake in Afghanistan and said India is ready to provide all possible disaster relief material at the earliest.
In tweets, the PM said on Wednesday:
“Deeply saddened at the news of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan today. My deepest condolences on loss of precious lives.
“India stands by the people of Afghanistan in their difficult times and is ready to provide all possible disaster relief material at the earliest.”
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs also expressed condolences over the 1000 deaths in Afghanistan and offered support.
The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, in a tweet said:
“India expresses sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, and to all those impacted by the tragic earthquake in Afghanistan.
“We share the grief of the people of Afghanistan and remain committed to provide assistance and support in this hour of need.”
A 6.1 Richter quake in Afghanistan hit the Paktika and Khost provinces killing over 1,000 people and injuring dozens of others.
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