Afghan earthquake kills 950; toll likely to rise – Pakistan

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Afghanistan early Wednesday killed 950 people and injured more than 600, disaster management officials said.

Afghan media photos showed houses turned to rubble and bodies covered in blankets lying on the floor.

Interior Ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi said helicopters were deployed to rescue the wounded and transported medical supplies and food.

“Some villages are in remote mountainous areas, so the death toll is likely to increase, and it will take time to gather detailed information,” he said.

Most of the confirmed deaths occurred in the eastern Paktika province, with 255 dead and more than 200 injured, Ayubi added. In the Coast province, 25 people have died and 90 have been taken to hospitals.

Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the ruling Taliban, expressed his condolences in a statement.

This photo was taken on June 22, 2022 by the Afghan government Bhaktar News Agency Shows mud houses destroyed by an earthquake in Gayan district, Paktika province. — AFP

Wednesday’s earthquake was the deadliest since 2002. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 1:54 a.m. PST at a depth of 51, about 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the city of Kost, near the Pakistan-Afghan border. km. The vibration was felt by about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India over a distance of about 500 km.

In Pakistan, in Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Kohat, Mohmand, Swat, Buner and other parts of Punjab and KP. Vibration detected.

A shake map of a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan. — Photo by USGS/Reuters

People left their homes in fear to find a safer place. A Peshawar resident said he was “strong”.

A report from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority said a man resident in Lakki Marwat died in an earthquake after the roof of his room collapsed.

The disaster came after Afghanistan suffered a severe economic crisis after the Taliban took power in August and the US-led international forces withdrew after 20 years of war.

In response to the Taliban takeover, many governments have imposed sanctions on Afghanistan’s banking sector and cut billions of dollars in development aid.

This photo was taken on June 22, 2022 by the Afghan government Bhaktar News Agency Afghan Red Crescent members show treatment for victims after an earthquake in the Gayaan region of Afghanistan in the Paktika province. — AFP

Humanitarian aid continued and international organizations such as the United Nations are active in the country.

A spokesman for the Afghan foreign ministry said it would welcome any assistance from any international organization.

Most of South Asia is seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate pushes the north toward the Eurasian plate.

In 2015, an earthquake struck a remote area in northeastern Afghanistan, killing hundreds in Afghanistan and neighboring northern Pakistan.

Pakistan Commits to Humanitarian Aid

Shortly after the earthquake was reported, the Pakistani government expressed condolences and condolences for the loss of life and property in neighboring countries.

According to radio pakistan reportPrime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan is with its Afghan brothers and sisters during these difficult times and has promised to provide all possible support.

KP Prime Minister Mahmoud Khan announced in a statement that it would send a medical team to Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

He will also send relief items such as medicines, groceries and other aid, and he has directed the Provincial Health Ministry and the Secretary-General to take immediate action in this regard.

President Arif Alvi paid his condolences to the dead and wounded. “Pakistan is in solidarity with the Afghan people during this difficult time,” he said.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed his deepest condolences to the tragedy and urged the international community to play a role in providing humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

Separately, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: “The people of Pakistan have strong solidarity with their Afghan brothers during difficult times. . resilience.”

Pakistani authorities and agencies are working with relevant Afghan agencies to expand needed assistance to affected areas, he added.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan said he had asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to specifically promote the provision of all medical assistance to neighboring countries.