Earthquake in Afghanistan kills more than 1,000

According to the information available so far, the earthquake in Afghanistan caused at least 1,000 fatalities and 600 injuries.Image: Bakhtar News Agency

06/22/2022, 12:56 p.m06/22/2022, 14:08

According to new information, there are at least a thousand people in the earthquake in eastern Afghanistan people about life came. “The tally has reached a thousand deaths and that number continues to rise”, Paktika Provincial Information and Culture Authority head Mohammed Amin Husaifa said in a statement to media on Wednesday. “People are digging one grave after another,” Husaifa added.

Injured, dead and destroyed by 5.9 magnitude earthquake

A government spokesman had initially spoken of 255 fatalities and 500 injuries in the provinces of Paktika and Khost. Afterward, the head of the radical Islamist Taliban, Hibatullah Achundsada, said 300 civilians had died and more than 500 others were injured. The quake had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the USGS. It happened around 1:30 a.m. local time on the border with Pakistan in eastern Afghanistan. A second magnitude 4.5 quake struck at almost the same location at the same time, according to the USGS.

Due to the poor structural fabric of many Afghan houses, the earthquake damage is devastating.

Due to the poor structural fabric of many Afghan houses, the earthquake damage is devastating.Image: Bakhtar News Agency/AP / Uncredited

Earthquakes are more common in Afghanistan – the humanitarian situation is catastrophic

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Afghanistan and especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range. The damage is often devastating because of the poor structural fabric of many Afghan houses. Because the country has few operational planes and helicopters, organizing rapid disaster relief is difficult.

Added to this is the fact that the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is already catastrophic almost a year ago as a result of the withdrawal of Western troops and the takeover of power by the radical Islamic Taliban. There is a shortage of food and medicine. Deputy government spokesman Bilal Karimi asked aid organizations for immediate support after the earthquake “to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe”.

(ast / afp)

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