Survivors were getting desperate and rescuers were battling against the time to pull them up from the rubble of heavy rocks on Thursday. This situation was caused by the powerful earthquake which struck the mountainous region in Afghanistan, and the situation was getting worse with the pouring rain. At Least 1,000 were killed in this natural disaster.
Afghanistan Hit By 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake
The East zone was intensely affected after taking a hit from a 5.9 magnitude quake, lives in these areas were already surviving miserably since the Taliban takeover in August. Now the situation is disastrous after the earthquake.
This sentence will tell you the intensity of the situation, “People are digging grave after grave,” said Amin Huzaifa, Information and Culture Department head in Paktika. He further added that at least 1,000 lives are lost in this natural disaster alone.
He also asserted to the journalists that, “People are still trapped under the rubble”, and further added that more than 1,500 people have sustained injuries out of which many are critical.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, they are “fully mobilised” to help. He assured that health teams are on their way with the supply of foods, medicines, trauma kits, etc. Moreover, they will also provide emergency shelters in the quake zone.
Hibatullah Akhundzada, the country’s supreme leader has asserted that the number of casualties is more likely to rise, after finding bodies in mountainous regions where it has become very hard to reach.
Arup Khan, who was recovering at one of the hospitals in Sharan, said, “It was a horrible situation”.
Helping Hands Offered
The U.S was “deeply saddened” by the news of the earthquake and Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor said, “President Biden is monitoring developments and has directed USAID (US Agency for International Development) and other federal government partners to assess US response options to help those most affected.”
Tomas Niklasson from the European Union tweeted, “The EU is monitoring the situation and stands ready to coordinate and provide EU emergency assistance to people and communities affected.”
As the death toll in Afghanistan rose to 1,000, PM Narendra Modi said, “India is ready to provide all possible disaster relief material at the earliest. India stands by the people of Afghanistan.”