Afghanistan earthquake, deadliest in the decades, killed at least 1,000
In less than two days, another earthquake hit Afghanistan, leaving 1,000 dead and more than 600 injured, disaster management officials said. The death toll is expected to grow with more information from remote mountain villages. Houses were turned to debris, and the ground was covered with bodies after the earthquake hit with 6.1 magnitudes, according to pictures from Afghan media. According to aid and health workers, several people remain stuck under debris and on the outskirts. They also added that the rescue operations were complicated due to challenging conditions, including heavy rainfall, landslides, and villages situated on hillsides beyond reach.
The interior ministry official, Salahuddin Ayubi, said that the helicopters were sent to rescue the injured and fly in food and necessary medical supplies. Paktika Province footage shows people are airlifted via helicopters from the affected area, while some were being treated on the ground. But the situation can get complicated as many international aid agencies left Afghanistan after the Taliban captured it. The video showed a resident sitting in a plastic chair outside his destroyed house, receiving IV fluids. Few images show locals picking through clay bricks and other debris from solid homes.
Amin Huzaifa, the head of the culture and information department of the Paktika province, told Sputnik, “We have over 1,000 dead and over 1,500 wounded. Many villages were destroyed.” The earthquake that occurred around 1:30 AM yesterday night left many injured, mainly in the eastern province of Paktika, where 255 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. In Khost province, 90 were injured, while 25 died from the incident.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGC) said that this earthquake has been dangerous since 2002. It affected around 44 km from the southeastern city of Khost, close to Pakistan’s border. The supreme leader of the ruling Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada, offered condolences. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences on the deadliest earthquake adding that India will provide all assistance to its neighboring nation as soon as possible. The acceleration in the rescue operations will be challenging for the Taliban, as it has been cut off from international help due to sanctions after occupying the country in August. 119 million people felt the shaking in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, according to EMSC, but no destruction or mortality in Pakistan.