More than 1,000 people killed in Afghanistan due to M 5.9 Earthquake

Photo from USGS

An earthquake erupted at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan killing more than 1,000 and Injuring 1,600 people on early Wednesday. This earthquake struck 28 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Khost, the USGS stated.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, its economic crisis and humanitarian issues became further widespread. Now another disaster comes in a form of an earthquake, hitting the area which needed help,  “Nearly all government and private hospitals are full of victims,” said Awal Khan Zadran, a doctor in the Urgun district of Paktika. some of the victims were transported to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan by helicopters and other transportations.

According to The NYT, Afghanistan was operating off of foreign funds before the US troop withdrawal. Since the Taliban takeover, foreign aids from Western donors are being much withheld, especially after the Taliban issued edicts barring girls from attending secondary schools and restricting women’s rights.

The Biden administration states that it is seeking a way to help Afghanistan from the earthquake.

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