The number of victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan may reach 1.5 thousand | News from Germany about world events | DW

The number of victims of a powerful earthquake in the east Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 22, may be much larger than previously reported. As a result of tremors in the provinces of Paktika and Khost near the Pakistani border, up to 1,500 people could have died, Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera reports, citing a spokesman. the Taliban.

According to these data, about 2,000 people were injured, and an unknown number of victims remain under the ruins of collapsed buildings. Earlier, the Afghan agency Bakhtar reported at least 1,000 dead and 1,500 wounded. “It is expected that the number of victims will grow as search and rescue operations continue,” the UN representatives said in turn.

Initially, local authorities said that the magnitude of the earthquake reached 6.1. According to the calculations of the US Geological Survey (USGS), tremors with an epicenter 46 km southeast of the city of Khost reached a magnitude of 5.9. Rescue efforts have been hampered by heavy rain and a lack of resources.

Problem for the Taliban

The deadliest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in 20 years is a major challenge for the Taliban, an Islamist movement that regained power in 2021 after the Western-backed government collapsed. Since then, the country has experienced an economic and humanitarian crisis. Taliban representatives have already turned to the international community and charitable organizations for help.

earthquakes – a frequent occurrence in Afghanistan, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Due to the poor construction of many Afghan homes, earthquake damage is often catastrophic.

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