The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Afghanistan has risen to 1,150, according to Afghan authorities.
At least 1,600 people have been injured in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the east of the country, Abdul Wahid Rayan, a senior Taliban official and director general of the state-run Bakhtar news agency, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday, June 23. .
Some 1,800 houses have collapsed, he added.
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Rescue teams continue to clear the rubble to free the injured and recover the bodies.
Humanitarian aid from Pakistan, Qatar and Iran has reached the country, the official said.
Paktika and Khost are the most affected Afghan provinces, where several villages were completely destroyed by the deadly earthquake.
According to locals, mass funerals were held on Wednesday.
“Our houses have collapsed and we are forced to live under the open sky,” Jamatullah, a local resident in Paktika, told Anadolu Agency by phone.
The injured have been taken to hospitals, with some people in critical condition.
“We need food and shelter,” Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said in a tweet.
On Wednesday, Afghanistan’s Taliban interim government announced an aid package of 1 billion Afghanis (more than $11 million) for the victims.
However, the country is strapped for cash after the departure of foreign forces last August and the fall of the US-backed administration in Kabul.
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