Afghanistan: Death toll from devastating earthquake rises to 1,100, over 1,600 injured

Kabul : The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has announced that the death toll in the devastating 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Paktika province earlier this week has risen to 1,100, while the number of injured has also risen to 1,600. The Ministry of State for Disaster Management said in a statement on Thursday that the condition […]
 


Afghanistan: Death toll from devastating earthquake rises to 1,100, over 1,600 injured

Kabul : The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has announced that the death toll in the devastating 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Paktika province earlier this week has risen to 1,100, while the number of injured has also risen to 1,600. The Ministry of State for Disaster Management said in a statement on Thursday that the condition of more than 1,000 injured is critical and the number of injured is increasing day by day, as some people are still trapped under the rubble, reports Tolo News .

Local officials and residents of Paktika have said more than a thousand houses were destroyed in the quake, considered the deadliest in two decades, which hit Gaya and Barmal districts on Wednesday.

 

The epicenter of the earthquake was 44 km from the city of Khost and the tremors were felt as far as Pakistan and India. Residents of the affected areas have also said that they have nothing to eat and no shelter.

“People don’t have tents, no food, people are living outside, we need everything,” a resident told Tolo News. They are also urging humanitarian agencies and the Taliban government to provide immediate assistance.

A BBC report said Afghan and international aid agencies are assessing the damage and delivering supplies, but it is a large and developing crisis that comes on top of the country’s already dire humanitarian situation. .

The United Nations, which is also helping victims, is warning of the risk of a possible cholera outbreak. The government has announced that it will pay 100,000 for the families of the victims and 50,000 for the injured.

Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, as it is located in a tectonically active region, on several fault lines including the Chaman Fault, Hari Rud Fault, Central Badakhshan Fault and Darwaza Fault.

 

More than 7,000 people have been killed in earthquakes in the country over the past decade, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Earthquakes cause an average of 560 deaths each year.

Most recently, in January, a series of earthquakes in the west of the country killed more than 20 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.