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Afghanistan's earthquake-hit people call for help amid devastation and trickle of aid

It has been revealed that every house in a village with nearly two dozen houses was destroyed by Wednesday’s earthquake.

Miradin District’s hundreds of residents have been sleeping in nearby forests and are still waiting for the aid that will be arriving in quake-affected areas on Saturday.

According to state media, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake claimed at least 1,150 lives. It struck in an area of high mountains, where the border between Pakistan and Paktika provinces is located.

According to OCHA, Miradon is one of 700-800 families still living in the open.


Many people who live in the provinces worry about their ability to rebuild after the winter.

Dawlat Khan is a Gayan District resident, which is located in Paktika province. He said that five of his relatives were hurt when his house fell.

He stated that “We face many problems.” We are in dire need of all support and ask for the assistance of the international community as well as Afghans.

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Wor Kali in the Barmal district, Paktika province was another village that was badly affected. One man claimed that he had lost three of his sons.

Shir Alam (38) was one of those who had to deal with the aftermath. Another man was seen digging his car out of the rubble with a shovel, while women were walking among the ruins carrying water containers.

Injured travel mileage for assistance

A total of 2,000 people have been hurt, many seeking treatment in hospitals far away from their homes.

A Kabul-based Italian-run hospital was visited by a patient who claimed that nine of her relatives had died.

She said, “Just I stay.” “My legs are broken and we have nothing. We eat what the Taliban give to us. Due to security concerns, she asked that her name not be used.

Image Afghan women carry water bottles through debris from damaged houses in Wor Kali

Supplies slow to arrive at

UNICEF provided blankets, tarpaulins and water purification tablets to some affected areas on Saturday.

The World Health Organisation also delivered medical supplies to local hospitals.

Officials said that aid supplies were delivered to Afghanistan from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

China stated that it would provide humanitarian assistance in the amount of 50 million Yuan (PS6.1m).

According to aid agencies, the disaster has highlighted the need for the international community’s rethinking of its policy of cutting off Afghanistan finance due to the Taliban takeover 10 months ago.

Image: A woman from Afghanistan sits in the midst of destruction following an earthquake in Gayan village in Paktika province. Pic by AP

Roads rendered impassible by rain and landslides

The government frozen billions in vital reserves and development aid, which helped to drive the economy into collapse and plunge Afghanistan into crisis.

The terrain and general conditions in the country have slowed attempts to assist those who were trapped by the earthquake.

After the earthquake, rain has made roads through mountains more difficult to navigate. The search for survivors has been halted by authorities.

Mohammad Amen Hozifa spoke on Saturday for the Paktika province government. He said: “We call upon all humanitarian organizations to help the people.”


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