Crews scour debris for survivors as much-needed help arrives

Rescue workers in Afghanistan were still searching for survivors on Thursday after a powerful earthquake that shook the east of the country and killed more than 1,000 people.

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AfghanistanJUNE 23 (UPI) - Rescue teams in Afghanistan were still searching for survivors on Thursday after a powerful earthquake that struck the eastern part of the country and killed more than 1,000 people. The 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday near Khost, which is about 100 miles southeast of Kabul near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. Doctors at the scene in the disaster area said they feared many children were among the dead. RELATED Taliban seek UN help after Afghanistan earthquake kills 1,000 Shipments of humanitarian supplies from neighboring countries including Iran, Pakistan and Qatar arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday while crews sifted through rubble for survivors. "Aid from aid organizations included medical aid, food, tents and blankets, but the crisis is widespread in the region and is not enough," said Sanaullah Masoum, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Paktika, according to the New York Times. "We call on aid organizations to provide more food, health and humanitarian assistance." "The United Nations in Afghanistan is fully mobilized. Our teams are already on the ground to assess needs and provide initial support," U said. "We are counting on the international community to support hundreds of families affected by this latest disaster Humanitarian Affairs Coordination said about $15 million in aid is needed to deal with the scale of the crisis. Response to the disaster has been slowed for various reasons, including inadequate infrastructure and inconsistent management by the ruling Taliban, who were seized over control of Afghanistan last August, when U. RELATED earthquake measuring nearly 6.0 magnitude rattled the eastern edge of Taiwan


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