Taliban appeals for international aid – Daily Azadi

The Taliban has appealed for international help after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Afghanistan. The quake killed more than 1,000 people and injured at least 1,500. An unknown number are still buried under the rubble, mostly mud houses. The country’s southeastern province of Paktika was the hardest hit. The United Nations is trying to provide emergency shelter and food aid. But the rescue operation is being hampered due to lack of necessary equipment and heavy rains. Survivors and rescuers told the BBC that villages around the quake’s epicenter had been completely destroyed, roads and mobile phone towers had been damaged and the death toll was expected to rise. News bdnews24.com.

The deadliest quake in two decades has posed a major challenge to the country’s ruling Taliban. The quake, which originated 44 km southwest of the city of Khost, was also felt in Pakistan and India. Afghanistan has been in a humanitarian and economic crisis since the Taliban seized power last year. Senior Taliban leader Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the government did not have the financial means to provide the aid needed by the victims.

He said aid agencies, neighboring countries and world powers were helping, adding that the amount of aid needed to be increased because it was a devastating earthquake that had not been experienced in decades. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations was responding to the crisis. Health teams, medical supplies, food and emergency shelter supplies are on their way to the quake-hit region, according to officials from the world’s parent agency. So far, most of the casualties have occurred in Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika province. A village in Guyana is reported to have been completely destroyed.

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