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Germany promised to promptly provide assistance to people affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, reports AFP on Thursday, June 23.

“At times like these, the only thing that matters is humanity,” the head of the German Foreign Ministry said. According to her, the assistance of the federal government should not be provided through the Islamic radical group that has seized power in the country. the Talibanbut through international organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Germany has already begun providing medical assistance to victims at the site of the earthquake, Burbock said. The government supported and will continue to finance the international medical and humanitarian organization Johanniter International, whose representatives went to the crash site, the minister said.

“We have not forgotten the people in Afghanistan and we are aware of our special responsibility,” Bembroke said, commenting on the federal program “Action Plan for Afghanistan“. Burbock presented it at the end of last year. The program provides support for Afghans fleeing the power of the Taliban, and the expansion of humanitarian assistance.

Thousands killed in Afghanistan earthquake

Earthquake magnitude 5.9 occurred in eastern Afghanistan on the night of June 22. According to preliminary data, more than a thousand people died as a result, about 1,500 more were injured. According to the UN, about 2,000 houses were destroyed.

This is Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in more than two decades, AFP notes. Authorities expect the death toll to continue to rise. Due to the destruction of mobile communication towers and power lines, it is not possible to quickly find out information about the victims. Rescue work is complicated by floods and landslides after heavy rains.

Representatives of the Taliban turned to the international community for help to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, writes AFP. UN Secretary-General António Guterres assured that UN structures are “fully mobilized” for relief operations. EU and US authorities also agreed to help, the agency said.

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