Thursday, March 30

At least 250 dead in a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shakes Afghanistan and Pakistan

  • The United States Geological Survey has recorded the movement of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter Scale that has occurred about 44 kilometers from the city of Khost

Nearly a thousand people have died this Wednesday in Afghanistan by an earthquake of 6.1 on the Richter scale happened on the border with Pakistan, the neighboring country to the southeast. The earthquake has affected above all a rural, remote Y poor, with houses built with cheap materials by their own tenants. The number of wounded is located near the 600and the death toll is also expected to increase during the day.

“The number is likely to rise, as some of the villages in the epicenter they are in remote areas, up in the mountains, and it takes time to collect details of the situation,” said the Minister of interior of the Taliban government of Afghanistan, Salahuddin Ayubi.

The earthquake, which according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) has had its epicenter about 44 kilometers from the city of Khosthas been noted throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, and part of the India. At the moment, there is no news of fatalities in the other affected countries, although they have been detected. material damage in Pakistan.

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“We ask all humanitarian aid agencies to send their teams immediately to the affected area to prevent the catastrophe get worse”, asked one of the Taliban spokesmen, Bilal Karimi. Since August 2021, with the seizure of Kabul by the extremist group, the capital of the country, Afghanistan has lived isolated from the worldimmersed in a uncontrolled food crisis and with a government that has seen the money from the Afghan treasury disappear from its hands.

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Central Asia – and Afghanistan in particular – is a region seated between several tectonic faults, which are to be found high up in the Afghan mountains. In the area, earthquakes are constant: according to United Nationsmore of 7,000 people in the last ten years they have died in Afghanistan because of the constant earthquakes; an average, according to Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN, of 560 deaths per year.

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