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Afghanistan: videos show glaring lack of relief infrastructure after the earthquake

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Published on: 06/22/2022 – 16:14Modified on: 06/22/2022 – 16:35 The earthquake that hit the province of Paktika, in eastern Afghanistan, and caused at least 1 000 dead and 1,500 injured on June 21, poses an immense logistical challenge for relief, in a rural region that lacks everything. Victims were evacuated by helicopter when others were transported to makeshift clinics, as evidenced by videos on social networks. With a magnitude of 5.9, the earthquake occurred 46 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border. The province of Paktika is the most affected. By midday on June 22, at least 1,000 people had died, a toll that is likely to increase. The majority of people in Paktika Province live in rural areas. Mud-built settlements and rugged terrain are aggravating the impact of the earthquake, which caused landslides, Taliban officials said. At least 250 people have lost their lives after a powerful earthquake jolted #Afghanistan’s Paktika province. Prayers for the victims of this horrendous tragedy. Sadly, the world has been quick to forget about #Afghans. #paktika #AfghanWomen #earthquake pic.twitter.com/Rcygdaq2OR— Hamza Azhar Salam (@HamzaAzhrSalam) June 22, 2022 Video shared on Twitter on June 22 showing houses impacted by the earthquake, in the mountainous landscape of the province of Paktika. Relief tried to deploy by helicopter given the state of the roads and the isolation of certain villages. Videos show helicopters landing and picking up victims to transport them to hospital. In #Afghanistan, a powerful earthquake killed 280 people and injured more than 600 with varying degrees of severity. pic.twitter.com/QKsLo06sWS— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) June 22, 2022 Video shared on Twitter on June 22 showing men carrying wounded to a helicopter in Paktika province. Video shared on Facebook on June 22 showing people being taken to a helicopter. The Khost and Paktika regions face severe food insecurity and lack of access to basic services. Telecommunication networks are poorly developed and in poor condition. Many Pakistani refugees also live in the region, often in makeshift shelters. According to local health sources, the sanitary facilities are insufficient to be able to treat the victims. Evocative videos thus show the wounded taken care of outside in makeshift care centers. The region struck by earthquake in South-East #Afghanistan barely has any medical facilities. This is a clinic where victims have been transported for emergency treatment. People are begging for urgent help! pic.twitter.com/x4S0d7FWcs— Sangar | سنګر پیکار (@paykhar) June 22, 2022 Video shared on Twitter on June 22: a makeshift care center, with injured people lying without real access to appropriate care. At least 300 people have been killed and more than 500 others injured in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Paktika province.#Afghanistan #earthquake #paktika pic.twitter.com/quGypQR7gp— Panra🇦🇪 (@PanraAfg) June 22, 2022 shared on Twitter on June 22, we see the consequences of the earthquake and the victims treated somehow in makeshift health centers. This tragedy comes as Afghanistan is experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis, aggravated by the coming to power of the Taliban on August 15, 2021. Several countries have imposed sanctions and put an end to their development aid. Very dependent on international aid for the past twenty years, the Afghan health system was deemed “on the verge of collapse” by the World Health Organization in January 2022. ځایونو ته ځان رسولي داولس سره يي عاجله مرسته پيل کړي. #savepaktika pic.twitter.com/3Sp1T7w0sP— حمیدالله الهام (@Hameedullah_02) June 22, 2022 Photo shared on Twitter on June 22, showing a health complex used to treat earthquake survivors in Paktika. The WHO and the Red Cross have deployed in the region. The earthquake was felt in several provinces of the region, as well as in the capital Kabul, located about 200 km north of the epicenter of the earthquake. Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain range which lies at the junction between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

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