Kabul: At least 1,000 people have been killed and more than 1,500 injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning. This information was given by the official news agency ‘Bakhtar’ of Afghanistan. Although relief and rescue operations are underway for the quake victims, there are obstacles. The quake-hit rural areas are also facing difficulties as they are mainly hilly. It is also feared that the death toll could rise. It is the deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan in two decades.
Relief efforts have been hampered by the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan last year and the withdrawal of several international aid agencies from the country after the Taliban seized power. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Houses and other buildings are not strong enough in this earthquake prone mountainous area and landslides are frequent. The epicenter was reported 50 kilometers southwest of Khost city in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Buildings in Khost have also been damaged. The quake affected parts of Pakistan.
The quake posed a major challenge to the Taliban government. The rescue squad arrived at the scene by helicopter; But there is a lack of effective mechanism to carry out a comprehensive campaign. In Pakhtika, people were seen waiting for a helicopter to take the wounded wrapped in blankets for treatment. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
According to US seismologist Robert Sanders, earthquakes of this magnitude are wreaking havoc in most parts of the world. As it is a hilly area, there is a fear of landslides. Couldn’t figure out details yet. The quake’s epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued. Earlier, Abdul Wahid Ryan, director general of the Taliban-run Bakhtar News Agency, said in a tweet that 90 houses had been destroyed in Paktika and many more were feared trapped under the rubble. The Afghan Red Crescent Society has sent about 4,000 blankets, 800 tents and 800 sets of cooking utensils to the quake-hit area.
A helping hand from India
India mourned the loss of life in the quake and promised to send aid to the quake victims. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted that India shares the grief of the families of those killed and injured in the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. We are committed to helping them in this time of need.
Appeal to aid agencies
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said in a tweet that “we call on all aid agencies to send relief teams to the scene.” An emergency meeting has been convened at the President’s residence to coordinate relief efforts for the quake victims. Ramiz Akbarov, the UN’s co-ordinator in Afghanistan, tweeted that relief work was under way.
Shocks in Pakistan too, Death of one
ISLAMABAD: A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook parts of Pakistan, killing at least one person in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This information was given by the local media. The quake struck at 1:54 pm local time. The quake affected Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Punjab and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, one died when the roof of a house collapsed due to an earthquake.