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Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000 people, authorities say: ‘People are digging grave after grave’

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000 people, authorities say: ‘People are digging grave after grave’


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  • The temblor struck in a rugged, mountainous area of Afghanistan.
  • The earthquake’s tremors have been felt over 300 miles by 119 million folks throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
  • Quakes are comparatively widespread in Afghanistan.

An earthquake rocked jap Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing not less than 1,000 folks, injuring 1,500 extra and destroying houses and different buildings within the rugged, mountainous area.

Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada informed the state-run Bakhtar News Agency the dying toll from the magnitude 5.9 temblor close to the Pakistani border was prone to rise. A whole bunch of houses and different buildings have been destroyed, he mentioned.

The quake, centered 25 miles southwest of Khost, struck at about 1:24 a.m. native time, when many individuals have been sleeping of their houses. The European seismological company estimated the earthquake’s tremors have been felt over 300 miles by 119 million folks throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Images from the scene confirmed rubble and ruins, with some evacuations from the distant space underway by way of helicopter. 

“Individuals are digging grave after grave,” Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, head of the Data and Tradition Division in Paktika, informed DW News.

In a single village close to Khost, a resident might be seen receiving IV fluids whereas sitting in a plastic chair exterior the rubble of his residence. Different photos confirmed residents selecting by clay bricks and different rubble from destroyed homes.

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The pinnacle of the Bakhtar information company, Abdul Wahid Rayan, tweeted that not less than 90 homes have been destroyed in Paktika and many individuals are believed trapped below the rubble. The Afghan Pink Crescent Society despatched 4,000 blankets, 800 tents and 800 kitchen kits to the world, he mentioned.

Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhand pledged $10 million to instantly help households in Paktika and Khost provinces. He despatched a authorities delegation  to the quake-hit areas to observe the state of affairs of the households of the victims and to begin distributing help.

Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban authorities wrote on Twitter that “we urge all help businesses to ship groups to the world instantly to stop additional disaster.”

Many worldwide help businesses left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the nation final yr amid the chaotic U.S. navy exit. A Taliban official known as for worldwide assist.

“When such a giant incident occurs in any nation, there’s a want for assist from different international locations,” mentioned Sharafuddin Muslim. “It is vitally troublesome for us to have the ability to reply to this big incident.”

In Kabul, the prime minister convened an emergency assembly on the presidential palace to coordinate the aid effort. U.N. resident coordinator in Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, tweeted that “groups are on grounds delivering first help in affected areas in Paktika, Giyan and Barmal. Extra assistance is being mobilized.”

Some distant areas of Pakistan noticed experiences of injury to houses close to the Afghan border, but it surely wasn’t instantly clear if that was resulting from rain or the earthquake, mentioned Taimoor Khan, a catastrophe administration spokesperson within the space.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued an announcement saying he was “deeply grieved” by the tragedy.

“Individuals in Pakistan share the grief and sorrow of their Afghan brethren,” he mentioned. “Related authorities working to help Afghanistan on this time of want.”

In 2015, a serious earthquake that struck the nation’s northeast killed over 200 folks in Afghanistan and neighboring northern Pakistan. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in 2002 killed about 1,000 folks in northern Afghanistan. And in 1998, one other earthquake of the identical power and subsequent tremors in Afghanistan’s distant northeast killed not less than 4,500 folks.

Contributing: The Related Press

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