Death Toll Soars Over 2,400 in Afghanistan Earthquake

Death Toll Soars Over 2,400 in Afghanistan Earthquake

( – The Afghanistan earthquakes that struck on October 7 were the worst to buffet the mountainous nation in years, killing more than 2,400 people. After the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey last February killed roughly fifty thousand people, the October quakes were amid the worst this year.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Disasters, Janan Sayeeq, has confirmed the presence of 10 rescue teams in the region. More than two thousand individuals were hurt, and 1,320 houses were either totally or partially destroyed.

The Taliban official representative in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, has called for immediate help, including clean water, medication, food, shelter, and clothing.

The USGS reported that the 6.3-magnitude earthquake occurred 20 miles from Herat in the country’s western region.

Afghanistan, which has mountains on all sides, is susceptible to destructive earthquakes, usually in the steep terrain of Hindu Kush on the Pakistan border. When reports come in from outlying regions of a nation that has been at war for decades and whose infrastructure is in ruins, the death count usually rises.

The two years since the Taliban seized power and most international help was blocked have been devastating for Afghanistan’s medical system, which relies nearly exclusively on foreign help.

Officials claim that donors are cutting down on funding because the Taliban would divert resources away from more pressing global humanitarian situations. The majority of Afghan female charity workers were ordered by Islamist administration to stay at home.

A local in Herat said that the earthquakes spread panic. People are out in the streets after fleeing their homes because of the aftershocks felt around the city.

The Herat area has 202 medical institutions for the public, one is the local hospital where five hundred victims were brought, according to the WHO. Most of these centers are smaller primary care clinics, and they were having trouble operating due to logistical issues, mostly in the more rural areas.

Casualties of serious injury and death in these places have yet to be properly recognized, despite continuous rescue efforts.

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