More than 1,000 people were killed and hundreds injured after an earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, a natural disaster that will likely worsen the humanitarian crisis in the South Asian country lack of food And economic turmoil Since the hasty exit of the US military last year.
According to The state-run Bakhtar news agency, as of 11 a.m. local time, has confirmed more than 1,000 people dead and at least 1,500 others injured.
Local officials expect the death toll to rise further if the government is “unable to provide emergency aid”, said the agency’s director general. tweeted,
The epicenter of the quake was somewhere in the Paktika province of Afghanistan, which borders northwest Pakistan, but tremors About 120 million people felt it in Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India.
Afghan authorities have launched a rescue operation in the affected areas using helicopters to provide medical aid. According to The Associated Press.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said, tweeted The quake had claimed hundreds of lives as he urged “all aid agencies to immediately send teams to the area to prevent further devastation.”
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