After the country experienced a devastating 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, Afghanistan’s master of spin Rashid Khan has stepped forward to support his fellow citizens.
In order to send his thoughts and prayers to the people and families affected by the earthquake in the provinces of Paktika and Khost, the cricket player took to Twitter. He continued by saying that he would soon start a social media fundraising campaign to help the earthquake victims.
“Those impacted by the recent earthquake in the provinces of Paktika and Khost are in our thoughts and prayers. Will support them as soon as possible and will soon launch a fundraising effort, “Rashid tweeted something.
A day after sending the first tweet, Rashid started the fundraising campaign on Twitter. He urged people to get involved and support the cause in a video that he released on Thursday. The 23-year-old shared a website link so people could go there and donate.
The leg-spinner also suggested that former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, superstar cricketer DJ Bravo, and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, captain of Gujarat Titans of the Indian Premier League, create a video in support of the fundraising effort.
In another heartbreaking tale he related, a child was the only survivor of a family after an earthquake.
Rashid created a GoFundMe account and has already raised more than $14,199. The campaign’s objective is to raise £40,000 to support Afghan citizens’ access to healthcare services and life-saving supplies like food and water. The GoFundMe page stated that “all donations will only support the local victims to assist with relief and recovery from this earthquake in Afghanistan.” Rashid is at the moment competing for Sussex in the T20 Blast in England.
earthquake in Afghanistan
On Wednesday, Afghanistan was shaken by a powerful earthquake that left over a thousand people dead and thousands more hurt. According to Afghanistan’s disaster management agency, the Nangarhar province alone saw nearly 25 fatalities and numerous injuries. The earthquake had a significant impact on the Gayan and Barmal districts of the province of Paktika. Since the earthquake that struck Haiti earlier in the year, which resulted in about 2,200 fatalities, the one that struck Kabul was the deadliest.
The epicentre of the earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was 46 kilometres (28.5 miles) southwest of the Pakistani border city of Khost.