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Disastrous Earthquake in Bartang Valley on December 7th, 2015 13.12.2015

Disastrous Earthquake in Bartang Valley on December 7th, 2015

Dear friends, 

As the result of the massive earthquake (7.2 magnitude)  with its epicentre near Sarez Lake in Bartang valley in GBAO of Tajikistan more than 800 families left without houses and are currently in a desperate situation. The roads towards Bartang valley is also destroyed, which means the situation will remain critical for the unforseen future.  Helicopters cannot deliver help due to the weather conditions. We need to help the local charities to provide the families in need with warm clothes, blankets, tents, food and transportation to a temporary shelter. 

Many families have suffered from the earthquake accross the region, but the situation in Bartang valley, especially in Basid, and upper Bartang villages - Ghudara, Nisur, Rukhch, and Barchidif  remains critical. It would be great if those of you who have any connection to the region, could help to raise some money for the people in need. I am sure anybody who has visited Bartang valley and has experienced the hospitality of people there cannot remain indifferent in this situation. 

The money you donate will be in the hands of the local Khorog-based NGO - "OUR" (1st option) as they have proved to be one of the most effective and dedicated relief groups during the last natural disaster in Barsem. I will report to you about how the money will be used in due course.

To support, follow below link:

1)      http://www.gofundme.com/helpbartang

2)      http://www.bartang-has-future.com/english/update-severe-earthquake-in-bartang/

Please get in touch with Asli Shah Qurbani (https://www.facebook.com/aslishahq) and Stefanie Kicherer (https://www.facebook.com/stefanie.kicherer) for more information. 

 Thanks so much for your generous donations! 

Photos after the earthquake (from the Internet):

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