The Afghan authorities are trying to reach the earthquake area, the death toll is 1,000

The Afghan authorities are trying to reach the earthquake area, the death toll is 1,000

USA About: Earthquake Publish: Last Thursday at 8:36 AM Edit: Last Thursday at 8:36 AM Author: Gardener


AfghanGAYAN, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan authorities on Thursday struggled to reach a remote area hit by an earthquake that killed 1,000 people, but poor communications and a lack of proper roads hampered their efforts, they said Officer. 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. Around 600 people were rescued from various affected areas on Wednesday night, 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 was packed with Taliban soldiers and ambulances when a helicopter carrying supplies landed nearby, kicking up huge swirls of dust. About 300 people sat on the ground waiting for supplies. The bailout will be a major test for the tough Islamist Taliban authorities that took over the country last August after two decades of war and cut off from much international aid by sanctions. The Taliban-led Ministry of Defense is leading the rescue effort. Afghan media in the hours after the earthquake https://tmsnrt.rs/3xH5Dcp published images of houses reduced to rubble and bodies wrapped in blankets on the ground. In 2015, an earthquake struck remote northeastern Afghanistan, killing several hundred people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan.


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