UN chief offers help after quake in Pakistan, Afghanistan


UNITED NATIONS: Offering his “deepest condolences” to the victims of Monday’s deadly earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that UN agencies stand ready to support government-led relief operations, if requested.
“The Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan today in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck Badakshan province in Afghanistan,” his spokesman said in a statement, noting that reports about loss of life and serious damage to infrastructure in both countries were still coming in.
“The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the people and Governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and to everyone affected, particularly those who have lost family members and friends.
He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” the statement said.
“United Nations agencies are mobilizing and stand ready to support government-led relief operations in both countries, if requested.” –APP