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Earthquake in Afghanistan, the Taliban overwhelmed by the earthquake ask for help from the world: over 1,500 dead, many children

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Earthquake in Afghanistan, the Taliban overwhelmed by the earthquake ask for help from the world: over 1,500 dead, many children

ROME. The death toll of the devastating 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan is still worsening. And the Taliban have appealed to the international community to increase humanitarian aid. According to the latest information, 1,500 dead, including many children, and over 2,000 injured, but the figure is set to increase further as many people have been trapped under the rubble, while people continue to dig a grave behind the another to bury those who didn’t make it.

And it raced against time in the hope of finding some survivors as in the area devastated by the earthquake, the provinces of Khost and Paktika, heavy rains fell which caused landslides and landslides making the work of operators more difficult, if not impossible. health workers who are unable to reach rural areas. To all this is added the interruption of communications services as the earthquake knocked down cell phone towers and swept away power lines. Whole villages have been razed to the ground, 2 thousand homes destroyed so far. In some of the hardest-hit districts, survivors have said they don’t know how to bury the dead. “The government is unfortunately hit by international sanctions,” said Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a senior Taliban official, “and is not financially able to assist the population as needed. International agencies are lending help, as are neighboring countries in the region and other countries around the world, which we thank for, “said Balkhi, but” we need to greatly increase assistance efforts because this is a devastating earthquake that hasn’t happened since. decades “.

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Afghan government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that several planes with aid loads have already arrived from Qatar, Iran and Pakistan that have sent tents, medical supplies and food across the land border. The health system in Afghanistan was already on the verge of collapse before the earthquake. “Our country is poor and lacking in resources,” said the director of the Paktika hospital, Mohammad Yahya Wiar. Even before the Taliban took power, Afghanistan’s emergency response teams were busy coping with the natural disasters that frequently hit the country. But with a limited number of airworthy planes and helicopters remaining, any immediate response to the latest catastrophe is further limited. “The government is working within its capabilities,” tweeted Anas Haqqani, a senior Taliban official. “We hope that the international community and humanitarian organizations will help us in this tragedy.”

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