Taliban Govt Allocates 1 billion AFS to Affected, Afghanistan Earthquake News Updates: A second smaller earthquake struck an area of eastern Afghanistan on Friday killing at least five people according to the state media. The tremors shook areas close to the epicentre of Wednesday’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake. US Geological Survey’s website showed a 4.3 magnitude earthquake had hit near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at 01:43 UTC time on Friday.
Authorities in Afghanistan have ended the search for survivors after an earthquake that killed over 1,000 people, a senior official said on Friday. However, Afghan-based Tolo New had earlier quoted an Islamic Emirate official as saying the toll has gone up to 1,100. Around 10,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed in Wednesday’s earthquake in a remote part of the country, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, a spokesperson for the disaster ministry, told Reuters.
India on Thursday sent humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. Taking an incremental step towards reopening the Indian embassy in Afghanistan, Delhi Thursday sent a “technical team” to Kabul where it will be stationed at the embassy to coordinate delivery of humanitarian aid.
A powerful earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, putting the previous estimate of those killed at 1,000. The 6.1 magnitude quake flattened more than 3,000 houses and caused widespread damage to public property. The quake was centred in Paktika province, about 50 kilometres southwest of the city of Khost, according to neighbouring Pakistan’s Meteorological Department. Experts put its depth at just 10 kilometres. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.