Aid trickles into the Afghan earthquake zone, killing 1,000 people

Aid began Thursday in a remote part of Afghanistan where an earthquake killed 1,000 people, but poor communications and a lack of proper roads are hampering relief efforts in a country already grappling with a humanitarian crisis.

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AfghanAfghan Red Crescent paramedics and volunteers transport earthquake victims to hospitals in Spera district, Khost province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2022. Afghan Red Crescent paramedics and volunteers transport earthquake victims to hospitals in Spera district, Khost province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2022. Afghan Red Crescent Society/Handout via REUTERS Afghan Red Crescent Society/Handout via REUTERS GAYAN, Afghanistan, June 23 (Reuters) - Aid began arriving Thursday in a remote part of Afghanistan where an earthquake killed 1,000 people, but poor communications and a lack of Right Roads is hampering relief efforts in a country already grappling with a humanitarian crisis. The 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday about 160 km (100 miles) southeast of Kabul in arid mountains with small settlements near the border with Pakistan. "We can't reach the area, the networks are too weak, we're trying to get updates," Mohammad Ismail Muawiyah, a spokesman for the Taliban's top military commander in the hardest-hit Paktika province, told Reuters, referring to phone networks. The earthquake killed around 1,000 people and injured 1,500, he said. According to U., the toll is the deadliest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in two decades. As of Thursday morning, about 1,000 people had been rescued from various affected areas, Sharafat Zaman, a spokesman for the health ministry, told Reuters. "Aid has arrived in the region and will continue, but more is needed," he said. The town of Gayan, near the epicenter, suffered significant damage, with most of its mud-walled buildings damaged or completely collapsed, a Reuters team said. The city, which has only the most basic of roads, was packed with Taliban soldiers and ambulances when a helicopter delivering relief supplies landed nearby, kicking up huge swirls of dust. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated alarmingly since the Taliban took power, aid workers say, as sanctions have cut the country off from much international aid. Afghanistan's economy has practically collapsed, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an appeal for aid donors at the end of March. Some families have been forced to sell children and organs to survive, he said. The United Nations said its World Food Program (WFP) is sending food and logistics equipment to the affected areas, aiming to initially support 3,000 households. "The Afghan people are already facing an unprecedented crisis after decades of conflict, severe drought and an economic downturn," said Gordon Craig, WFP Deputy Country Director in Afghanistan. "The earthquake will only add to the already massive humanitarian needs they endure every day." Japan and South Korea both said they are also planning to send aid. In 2015, an earthquake struck remote northeastern Afghanistan, killing several hundred people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan.


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