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Afghanistan Earthquake News Highlights: A second earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan, five people killed

Afghanistan Earthquake Updates, Earthquake in Afghanistan Latest News Live: Around 10,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed in Wednesday's earthquake in a remote part of the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 24, 2022 10:32:08 pm
Afghanistan Earthquake | Afghanistan Earthquake News | Earthquake in AfghanistanIndia Sending Help to Afghanistan, Afghanistan Earthquake Live: Afghans stand by the bodies of relatives killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. (AP)

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.

 

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Afghanistan earthquake Updates: The quake was Afghanistan's deadliest in two decades; officials said the toll could rise. Follow to get latest updates here

21:34 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Many injured women not treated due to lack of female physicians

People living in the Khost province said that due to the lack of female physicians in their province many injured women did not get any treatment. Khost residents said that in the currest situation they are facing a shortage of medical facilities in the hospitals.

International organizations, like Save the Children and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, have expressed concerns over the poor health conditions of those injured in the deadly earthquake of Khost and Paktika.

Afghanistan's international isolation is also complicating relief efforts since fewer aid organizations have a presence in the country, and many governments are wary of putting money in the Taliban's hands. (Inputs from TOLOnews and AP)

20:53 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Afghanistan earthquake victims face struggles getting aid

Getting donations to Afghanistan earthquake victims will be far more difficult compared with other disasters due to sanctions against the country's Taliban government and its troubled relationship with Western nations, experts say.


International groups that maintained operations in the country following the collapse of its government last year have rushed to eastern Afghanistan to coordinate aid in the region. The country's state-run news agency reported that Wednesday's 6.1-magnitude quake killed at least 1,000 and injured at least 1,500 more.


Already, the humanitarian response - which typically surges in the first 72 hours following an earthquake - has lagged in both size and speed due to the lack of pre-positioned supplies and the level of hunger and poverty that already exist in Afghanistan. Heavy rains and winds have also hampered rescue efforts. (AP)

20:22 (IST)24 Jun 2022
In Photos: Afghanistan reels from the most devastating earthquake in decades

An Afghan man looks on in front of a damaged property after a recent earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
A view shows damaged houses after a recent earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer 
Bibi Hawa and her daughter Safia from the quake-hit area of Barmal, receive treatment at a hospital ward in Sharana, Afghanistan, June 24, 2022. Bibi Hawa claims she lost 18 of her family members in the recent earthquake. REUTERS/Ali Khara     
Afghans, who were injured in the recent earthquake, receive treatment at a hospital ward in Sharana, Afghanistan, June 24, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
Ahmad Vali poses for a picture inside his house that was damaged by an earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
An Afghan woman is treated by a doctor in an area affected by an earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

19:47 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

An aftershock took more lives on Friday and threatened to pile even more misery on an area of eastern Afghanistan reeling from a powerful earthquake that state media said killed 1,150 people this week.

Among the dead from Wednesday's magnitude 6 quake are 121 children, but that figure is expected to climb, said Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF's representative in Afghanistan. He said close to 70 children were injured.

On Friday, Pakistan's Meteorological Department reported a new, 4.2 magnitude quake that state-run Bakhtar News Agency reported took five more lives in hard-hit Gayan District and injured 11 people. (AP)

Afghan men examine the damage to their houses after a recent earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
Afghan men gather to collect relief goods after a recent earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer 

 

19:16 (IST)24 Jun 2022
In Afghan Quake: ‘I did not expect to survive’

As the earth shook, she said, speaking through her tears, she felt the walls of the room collapsing on her. Then everything went dark. When Hawa, a 30-year-old mother of six, regained consciousness, she was choking on dust, and struggled to make sense of the scene around her.

“I did not expect to survive,” she said Thursday from her hospital bed in Sharana, capital of Paktika province in Afghanistan’s southeast.

Her village, Dangal Regab, like many others in Paktika’s Geyan district, was a tableau of death and destruction in the wake of the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck in the early hours of Wednesday — the deadliest in Afghanistan in two decades. (Read More)

18:27 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Afghanistan's international isolation complicates relief efforts

Afghanistan's international isolation is also complicating relief efforts since fewer aid organizations have a presence in the country, and many governments are wary of putting money in the Taliban's hands. Aid groups lament that means they have to pay local staff with bags of cash delivered by hand.

Aid organizations like the local Red Crescent and UN agencies like the World Food Program have sent food, tents, sleeping mats and other essentials to families in Paktika province, the epicenter of the earthquake, and neighboring Khost province.

Still, residents appeared to be largely on their own to deal with the aftermath as their new Taliban-led government and the international aid community struggle to bring in help. The shoddy mountain roads leading to the affected areas were made worse by damage and rain.

Thousands of stone and mud-brick homes crumbled in the quake, which struck at night, often trapping whole families in the rubble. Many of those who survived spent the first night outside in a cold rain. Since then, villagers have been burying their dead and digging through the rubble by hand in search of survivors. (AP)


Afghan people wait to receive aid in an area affected by an earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Afghan men stand on the debris of their house that was damaged by an earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. Picture taken June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
17:43 (IST)24 Jun 2022
India flies tons of essentials to quake-rocked Afghanistan

India sent family tents, blankets and other relief supplies for a team to distribute in eastern Afghan villages where a deadly earthquake collapsed thousands of timber and stone homes to rubble.

State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and the death toll rose to 1,150 people with scores more wounded after the magnitude 6 quake on Wednesday. (AP)

The second consignment of India's earthquake relief assistance for the people of Afghanistan reaches Kabul. (PTI Photo)  
The second consignment of India's earthquake relief assistance for the people of Afghanistan reaches Kabul. (PTI Photo)  
17:22 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Death toll from Afghanistan’s quake rises to 1,150 people

The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan continued to climb days after it turned brick and stone homes into rubble, killing 1,150 people and wounding scores more, according to the latest figures carried in state media on Friday. The country of 38 million people was already in the midst of a spiraling economic crisis that had plunged millions deep into poverty with over a million children at risk of severe malnutrition. (Read More)

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16:57 (IST)24 Jun 2022
UN agencies hurry relief to Afghanistan as earthquake toll seen rising

 United Nations agencies have rushed to send tonnes of relief items to Afghanistan where an earthquake struck in a remote mountainous area this week, killing 1,036 people and with the toll expected to rise, officials said on Friday.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has sent shelter and household supplies including 600 tents and 1,200 solar lamps to support around 4,200 survivors, spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told a briefing in Geneva.

UNHCR has deployed staff who will arrange shelters for people who have been left homeless and set up supply hubs to ferry aid from the capital Kabul, she said, adding there was also a serious risk of waterborne diseases. (Reuters)

16:18 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Taiwan donates $1 mln for Afghan earthquake relief efforts

Taiwan will donate $1 million to Afghan earthquake relief efforts in response to a call from the United Nations and others for humanitarian assistance, the government said late on Thursday.

Taiwan is not a UN member due to pressure from China which considers the democratically-governed island part of its territory, but is always keen to show it is a responsible member of the international community.

Taiwan's presidential office said in a statement that the government would donate "based on the spirit of humanitarian care for disaster relief regardless of national borders (and) responding to the United Nations and other humanitarian calls." (Reuters)

15:54 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Five killed in Afghanistan tremors close to Wednesday's earthquake epicentre - Afghan official

Five people were killed on Friday in eastern Afghanistan after fresh tremors shook areas close to the epicentre of Wednesday's 6.1 magnitude earthquake, a senior Afghan official said.

'(This) morning another earthquake happened in Paktika in Gayan district, according primary information... five have died,' Afghan health ministry spokesman Sharafat Zaman told Reuters.

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. (Reuters)

Afghans, who were injured in the recent earthquake, receive treatment at a hospital ward in Sharana, Afghanistan, June 24, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

 

15:37 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Afghanistan earthquake has killed 1,036 people, toll expected to rise: UNICEF

An earthquake that struck a remote mountainous area of Afghanistan this week has killed 1,036 people and the toll is expected to rise, Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, said on Friday.

United Nations agencies have rushed relief efforts to the affected area, where several thousand homes were destroyed or damaged, he told a briefing in Geneva. (Reuters)

13:58 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Afghanistan seeks emergency medical supplies for earthquake survivors

Afghanistan does not have enough medical supplies to treat the injured from an earthquake that killed 1,000 people, a senior official said on Friday, as authorities ended the search for survivors in remote southeastern mountains.

Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, a spokesperson for the disaster ministry, told Reuters: "The health ministry does not have enough drugs, we need medical aid and other necessities because it's a big disaster."

Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates all said on Thursday they planned to send aid. Supplies from Pakistan have already crossed the border. India, which has a strained relationship with the Taliban, said it had sent 27 tonnes of supplies on two flights to be handed over to international aid agencies. (Reuters)

12:41 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Watch: How the Afghan earthquake is affecting the community
11:21 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Search and rescue operations concluded

An Afghan official has confirmed that the search and rescue operations have concluded and the total death toll is 1,000, reported Reuters

11:02 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Around 500 houses destroyed in Khost, says local officials

As many as 29 people are dead and 70 injured in the earthquake in the Khost province of Afghanistan, saif a report in Afghan-based Tolo News quoting local officials. They added that around 500 houses in the province have been destroyed. 

"Earthquakes have shaken this area. Now it is raining, everything is ruined, people are not able to rebuild their houses,” said Hakimullah, a victim of the earthquake, told Tolo News.

10:53 (IST)24 Jun 2022
In photos: Afghans bid goodbye to the deceased

Villagers rushed to bury the dead and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people.

Residents appeared to be largely on their own to deal with the aftermath as their new Taliban-led government and the international aid community struggled to bring in help.

Afghans stand by the bodies of relatives killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. (AP)
Afghans pray for relatives killed in an earthquake to a burial site l in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. (AP)
Afghans stand by the bodies of relatives killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 23, 2022. (AP)
10:27 (IST)24 Jun 2022
Indian ‘technical team’ reaches Kabul embassy, IAF flies in quake relief

Taking an incremental step toward reopening the Indian embassy in Afghanistan, Delhi Thursday sent a “technical team” to Kabul where it will be stationed at the embassy to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

India also sent aid to the people of Afghanistan, a day after a deadly earthquake claimed more than 1,000 lives in the Paktika province near the border with Pakistan. (Read more)

14:31 (IST)23 Jun 2022
Survivors dig by hand after quake

Survivors dug by hand Thursday through villages in eastern Afghanistan were reduced to rubble by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 1,000 people.

In Paktika province's hard-hit Gayan district, villagers stood atop the mud bricks that once was a home there. Others carefully walked through dirt alleyways, gripping onto damaged walls with exposed timber beams to make their way.

The roads, which are rutted and difficult to travel in the best of circumstances, may have been badly damaged, and landslides from recent rains made access even more difficult. While modern buildings withstand magnitude 6 earthquakes elsewhere, Afghanistan's mud-and-brick homes and landslide-prone mountains make such temblors even more dangerous. (AP)

13:35 (IST)23 Jun 2022
Afghanistan quake kills 30 Pakistani tribal people, says report

At least 30 Pakistani tribal people, who were displaced during a military operation in 2014 and fled across the border, died in the powerful earthquake that hit a rural, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, a media report said Thursday.

The victims belonging to the Madakhel tribe of North Waziristan district were killed in the 6.1 magnitude quake that killed over 1,000 people and left 1,500 more wounded in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The bodies of 30 people would be shifted to their native areas after the Pakistani authorities temporarily opened the Pak-Afghan border at Alwar Mandi, the Dawn newspaper reported. Arrangements have also been made at the Ghulam Khan border for the transportation of the injured who, according to military sources in Miranshah, would be airlifted to special medical camps being set up in the area, the report said. (PTI)

Afghanistan earthquake, Kabul earthquake, Afghanistan earthquake news, Afghanistan earthquake deaths, Afghanistan earthquake dead, Afghanistan news, indian express Afghanistan earthquake Live updates: A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province. (Source: twitter/ @BakhtarNA)

Afghanistan earthquake Live Updates:

“A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of houses,” Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, separately wrote on Twitter.

“We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe.” Neighbouring Pakistan's Meteorological Department put the earthquake at a magnitude 6.1. Tremors were felt in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and elsewhere in the eastern Punjab province.

6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan

Pakistan lies in an active seismic zone and is often visited by quakes of various magnitude. This is the second earthquake in a week after a 5.2 magnitude quake shook parts of the country on June 17. (@abdulkadir/Twitter screen grab)

Meanwhile, an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 shook parts of Pakistan early Wednesday, the meteorological department said. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the epicentre of the quake was 44km southwest of Khost in Afghanistan at a depth of 50.8km and its exact time was 1:54 am (local time).

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