International Medical Corps responds in remote, hardest-hit areas
International Medical Corps' humanitarian response to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Afghanistan and Pakistan in late October continues. The onset of harsh winter weather conditions, including heavy rainfall and below freezing temperatures, increases the need for relief services such as warm blankets and clothing and clean water and sanitation. The mountainous terrain in the region is presenting a serious challenge to relief workers and many communities remain inaccessible due to earthquake-triggered landslides and poor and damages infrastructure. For example, International Medical Corps' response teams must walk almost 10 hours from the nearest road to reach remote communities in the eastern region of Nuristan, Afghanistan.