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Death toll in Afghanistan earthquake rises to 1000


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The death toll from last night‘s earthquake in Afghanistan has risen to at least 1,000. More than 1,500 people have been injured and at least 2,000 homes have been destroyed. Rescue efforts have been difficult so far, as the quake struck in a remote area that is difficult to reach.

Due to the heavy rain that fell in the area recently, landslides took place. As a result, the roads in the already difficult rocky area are now even worse. Helicopters are being used to pick up people, others are being treated medically on the ground.

Images are also circulating of people searching by hand through the rubble in the hope of finding victims. It is not clear whether machines will come to help. The number of victims is expected to rise.

The Taliban government has asked for international assistance, stating that there is no money to help those in need. Since the Taliban returned to power last summer, there have been almost no international aid organizations in Afghanistan. Many countries do not dare to cooperate. Japan, Iran and Pakistan have already said they will come to help.

The Afghan Red Crescent, part of the Red Cross, has already come to the rescue. They provide financial aid, medical care, food, drinking water and tents.

The earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, near the border with Pakistan, and measured a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale. Most of the victims were in Pakita province, but people were also killed in Khost and Nangarhar.

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