The earthquake in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed at least a thousand people. Now thousands more are threatened by illness and lack of basic food.
In eastern Afghanistan thousands of people affected by the earthquake on Wednesday are without clean water and food. The report was reported by Reuters and AFP, among others.
Afghan authorities and the UN Emergency Relief Office are warning that people in the region are at particular risk of developing cholera.
At least 1,000 people were killed, 2,000 injured and 10,000 homes destroyed early Wednesday in an earthquake centered 44 kilometers southeast of the city of Khost. The magnitude of the quake was reported to be about 6.
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Afghanistan spokesman for the Ministry of Health Shafarat Zamanin according to basic needs such as food and medicine, there is an acute shortage in large areas.
“We are asking the international community and humanitarian organizations to help us distribute food and medicine – survivors may get sick because they don’t have decent houses or shelters to live in,” Zaman told Reuters on Saturday.
The quake has once again been a new challenge for the extremist Islamic Taliban. No state has recognized the regime and there has been limited assistance to Afghan civilians.
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Particularly the province of Paktika on the border with Pakistan has suffered greatly.
The majority of its population, according to Reuters, is unable to travel out of its home region for treatment.
“Our houses were destroyed, we don’t have a tent … There are a lot of children with us. We have nothing, ”said the 18-year-old Hazrat Ali told Reuters in the village of Wor Kal in the Barmat region.
The plight is exacerbated by the fact that the lack of basic foodstuffs and poor living conditions were already suffered before the earthquake.
“If life hadn’t been very good in the past – because the war lasted for years – the earthquake made it even harder,” the two daughters lost in the quake. Malin Jan said to AFP.
All 14 houses in his home village of Akhtar Jahn were destroyed in the quake. The 35 surviving families, or about 300 people, are now trying to survive in tents in the middle of the ruins, according to AFP.
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