USA About: Earthquake Publish: Last Thursday at 9:14 PM Edit: Last Thursday at 9:14 PM Author: Gardener
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers appealed for all international aid they could get Thursday after the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people in the country's mountainous east. Wednesday's quake was the deadliest quake to hit the country in two decades. Orderly columns of men in the Afghan province of Paktika have been preparing rows of graves for the victims, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports. The celebratory work was in stark contrast to the frantic efforts of the previous day, when rescuers were forced to dig with their bare hands in a desperate search for survivors. At least 1,500 people were injured, many fighting for their lives. Afghan men and a boy stand near the bodies of people killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, Paktika province, Afghanistan June 23, 2022. Witness Shabir said there was "a rumble and the bed started shaking" when the quake struck around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, when people in the region's villages were sleeping. "I am certain that seven or nine people from my family who were in the same room as me are dead." Juma Khan, 28, who lives in Paktika's Gayan district, who has seen some of the worst damage, told CBS News by phone Wednesday that he was also "shaken awake" around 1:30 a.m. and quickly realized it was an earthquake. "I've never felt an earthquake like this in my entire life," he told CBS News. It had collapsed on them and I found his wife dead while my brother and his three children were wounded under the rubble. "In our village, most of the houses collapsed, killing dozens and injuring dozens more from the impact," Khan said. “People are digging around the rubble with their hands, desperate to find those who are still alive. Taliban officials and residents survey the damage to homes in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province after a major earthquake June 22, 2022 in a picture from Afghanistan's Bakhtar News Agency. / Photo credit: Bakhtar News Agency As D'Agata reports, the earthquake struck one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest countries on earth. Decades of conflict, government corruption and now crippling sanctions against the Taliban regime have caused Afghanistan to bow and drop the Islamist government is asking the international community for help. Many aid groups fled the country after the Taliban retook control in August 2021. As the death toll mounts, the suffering for the thousands of survivors left homeless by the earthquake and now facing an even more imminent starvation is just beginning.
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