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Afghanistan: a magnitude of 5.9 and at least a thousand dead, what we know about the powerful earthquake that hit the country – archyde

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A powerful earthquake struck southeastern Afghanistan overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, killing at least a thousand people and injuring hundreds. The disaster, with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred near the border with Pakistan. The government called on relief agencies “to provide immediate aid to the victims”. We take stock. What happened? An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 occurred at a depth of 10 km, around 1:30 am on Wednesday, according to the American Seismological Institute (USGS). Then, a second earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hit almost the same place at the same time. The earthquake was felt in several provinces in the south-east of the country and in the capital Kabul located about 200 km north of its epicenter. It was also in neighboring Pakistan. Photos posted on social networks show collapsed houses in the province of Paktika in the south-east of the country, a rural, poor and difficult to access region. Videos also show residents of affected areas loading injured people into a helicopter. Afghan officials said 280 people lost their lives & 397 inured in Paktika & Khost provinces of last night earthquake. They said death toll could rise as several mud houses are collapsed in rural areas of the two provinces. pic.twitter.com/lXfCfZ7UnN— Mushtaq Yusufzai (@MYusufzai) June 22, 2022 “We call on aid agencies to provide immediate relief to earthquake victims to avert a humanitarian disaster,” the doorman tweeted. – deputy government spokesman Bilal Karimi. Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was “deeply saddened” by this tragedy and indicated that the Pakistani authorities were working to support their Afghan counterparts. For its part, the UN announced that it had deployed teams to assess the extent of the damage in several of the affected areas. From the Vatican, Pope Francis expressed his “sympathy” to the victims. What toll? The authorities report at least a thousand dead and 600 injured, but the toll could increase in the coming hours because people are still trapped under the rubble of their demolished houses. “The death toll has reached 1,000 dead and this figure is increasing. People are digging grave after grave,” Paktika Provincial Information and Culture Department Chief Mohammad Amin Huzaifa said, adding: “It is also raining and all the houses are destroyed. There are no tents or food. People are still trapped under the rubble. We need immediate help.” Many of the injured came from Giyan district in the southeast of the country and were taken to hospital by ambulances and helicopters. “Much of the region is mountainous and travel is difficult. It will take time to transport the dead and injured,” explained Minister of Natural Disasters Mohammad Abbas Akhund. major. “The government is doing the best it can,” said Anas Haqqani, a senior Taliban official. “We hope that the international community and humanitarian organizations will also help people in this terrible situation. Still, international aid is difficult to mobilize, NGOs and UN agencies being less present than in the past since the Taliban took power in August. “The European Union is monitoring the situation and stands ready to coordinate and provide emergency aid,” tweeted its special envoy to Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson. For its part, the UN announced that it had deployed teams to assess the extent of the damage in several of the affected areas.2/2- The government is working within its capabilities. We hope that the International Community & aid agencies will also help our people in this dire situation.— Anas Haqqani(انس حقاني) (@AnasHaqqani313) June 22, 2022 What precedents? Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range which lies at the junction between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates. These disasters can be particularly devastating due to the weak resilience of rural Afghan homes. a total of more than 380 deaths in these two countries. Among the Afghan victims were 12 young girls, trampled on in a panic as they tried to get out of their tottering school. Since coming to power in Kabul last August, Afghanistan has been plunged into a serious crisis. financial and humanitarian, caused in particular by the sudden stop of the international aid which carried the country at arm’s length for 20 years, and which is now coming back in dribs and drabs.

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