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Etisalat Afghanistan`s Humanitarian Aids to Badakhshan Victims

Kabul – 10 May 2014

Etisalat Afghanistan expresses its deepest condolences over the recent landslide incident in Argo district of Badakhshan province and shares the grief and sorrow of those families who lost their homes and loved ones.

Hence, the company in association with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology has allocated an amount of Afs1.2 million from its Commercial Charitable Fund which is operated in cooperation with its valued customers who participate through its loyalty program. The Ministry has handed over the collection to the First Vice President of Afghanistan towards the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).

Expressing his condolence, Yasser Aboul Amayem, CCO of Etisalat Afghanistan said, ‘We are very sorry to hear about this tragic incident, as a result of which hundreds of innocent lives were lost. On behalf of Etisalat management, I would like to assure the people of Badakhshan that Etisalat shares your sorrow and stands by you throughout this hard time.”
Meanwhile, Etisalat employees have also started an Initiative to collect individual contributions and along with additional contribution from the commercial charitable fund, send relief material to support the families affected by natural disasters in northern provinces.

On 2nd May, there were two landslides in the Argo District of Badakhshan Province, occurring on the side of a mountain affecting the village of Aab Barik. The initial landslide struck between 11am and 1pm. Fellow villagers tried to rescue those stuck after the primary landslide, but a second landslide occurred which trapped or killed a large proportion of the rescuers. The consecutive slides leveled the village, and left the area under 10 to 30 meters of mud.  A week before the mudslides, there had been torrential rain and flooding in northern Afghanistan.