Borough President Eric Adams, Council member Mathieu Eugene, and Comptroller Scott Stringer joined the Council of Peoples Organization (COPO) and members of the Pakistani community to pray for the hundreds who have died in the recent earthquake in South Asia.
The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Monday afternoon and the current death toll is over 300, with thousands injured or without a home. The epicenter of the earthquake was in northeastern Afghanistan, but the majority of the deaths have so far been reported across the border in Pakistan, according to CNN.
“An earthquake that rocks Pakistan, rocks Brooklyn,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “We are here in unison to send a message that your prayers are our prayers.”
“Doesn’t matter where you come from, doesn’t matter where you were born, doesn’t matter your religion, when one group is suffering, when there is tragedy, we all come together. That is the way we roll in New York City, we make no exceptions,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“I know what you are going through today. When my home country Haiti was hit by an earthquake in 2010, New York stood together to bring relief to Haiti. Today, I am here to stand with you,” said Council member Mathieu Eugene.
COPO Executive Director Mohammed Razvi asked the public to help by donating vegetarian canned goods and over the counter medical supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the COPO office at 1081 Coney Island Avenue between Glenwood Road and Avenue H.