Afghan earthquake: At least 1,000 people killed and 1,500 injured

A Taliban official estimates that in the past two months, earthquakes and floods have caused at least 1,570 fatalities and nearly 6,000 injuries throughout Afghanistan.
According to Suhail Shaheen, a top Taliban official, the natural calamities have damaged infrastructure and property to the tune of $2 billion, he stated on WhatsApp on Saturday.
According to him, flash floods have happened in more than 20 provinces, destroying more than 35,000 homes, 4,000 solar panels, and 635,000 acres of agricultural land.

The Taliban, an Islamist organisation that reclaimed control of the country last year after the collapse of the Western-backed government, face a significant challenge as a result of the deadliest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in 20 years.
The earthquake occurred roughly 44 kilometers from the city of Khost, and Pakistan and India both experienced shocks. Witnesses claimed to have felt the earthquake in Islamabad, Pakistan, as well as Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan can’t control the floods on its own, so Mujahid appealed to the globe, international organizations, and Islamic nations for assistance.
This year, Afghanistan has had a number of severe weather events, including a drought and an earthquake that claimed more than 1,000 lives in June. Since the Taliban seized control of the country more than a year ago, the country has been virtually shut off from the global financial system.
While international aid organizations have been offering support for months, they have cautioned that they need more access to resources and financing to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe that would leave people homeless and without access to shelter or clean water.


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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