Earthquake wreaks havoc in Afghanistan, killing 3,200 people and injuring more than 1,000, helping hands
A strong earthquake struck Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province early Wednesday, killing at least 3,200 people and injuring more than 1,000. The epicenter of the quake was reported below ground, although no tsunami warning was issued. The epicenter of the quake was reported below ground, although no tsunami warning was issued. In 1998, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan, killing at least 4,500 people. The quake had a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was about 44 km from Khost, Afghanistan, at a depth of 51 km. After this devastating disaster in Afghanistan, many countries including India and Pakistan have extended a helping hand.
India announced help
India on Wednesday condoled the loss of many lives in the devastating earthquake and pledged to help and support the people of Afghanistan in this hour of need. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “India expresses its deepest condolences to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan and their families and all those affected.” “We express our commitment to helping and supporting the people of Afghanistan in their time of need and pain,” he said.
Has announced to send relief material to Pakistan
On the other hand, Pakistan has also announced to help Afghanistan. Information and Broadcasting Minister Maryam Aurangzeb has said that relief material is being sent to the people affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan at the behest of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He said that the emergency relief material includes food, tents, blankets and other essentials.
The minister said that the National Disaster Management Authority has made arrangements for relief material at the behest of the Prime Minister. Significantly, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif had announced to send relief materials to the people affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan. Expressing grief over the devastation caused by the earthquake, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that his country will help the people of Afghanistan. At the Vatican, Pope Francis prays for those killed and injured in the earthquake.
UAE expressed grief
The UAE has expressed its deepest condolences to the people of Afghanistan for the victims of the powerful earthquake that struck the Khost and Paktika provinces of southeast Afghanistan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the Afghan people and the families of the victims of this tragedy. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Turkey will send a rescue team
A senior UN aid official said the UN has no rescue facilities in Afghanistan and Turkey is more capable of sending rescue teams to Afghanistan. “We have discussed the matter with the Turkish embassy here and they are waiting for a formal request,” said Ramiz Alkabarov, the UN’s deputy ambassador to Afghanistan.
Let us tell you that this disaster has come on the country at a time when the international community has distanced itself from Afghanistan due to the occupation of the country by the Taliban after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. The situation is expected to make it very difficult to carry out rescue operations in a country of 38 million people. “We urge all aid agencies to immediately send their teams to the scene to handle the situation,” Taliban deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi said in a tweet.