Many children feared dead in Afghanistan earthquake

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Strong quake kills at least 280

Kabul : Doctors in Afghanistan say that many children may have been killed in Wednesday’s earthquake, media reports said.

More than 1,000 people died in the disaster, while heavy rain, threadbare resources and rugged terrain are hampering rescue workers, BBC reported.

Unknown numbers are still buried under the rubble of ruined, often mud-built homes by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake. Communication networks have also been badly hit.

One woman at a hospital in Paktika province told reporters that she lost 19 family members in the quake, BBC reported.

“Seven in one room, five in another, four in another, then three in another, have all been killed in my family,” she said.

The Taliban authorities have called for more international aid.

The United Nations is among those scrambling to provide emergency shelter and food aid to the remote areas in Paktika.

Survivors and rescuers have told the BBC of villages completely destroyed near the epicentre of the quake, of ruined roads and mobile phone towers — and of their fears that the death toll will rise further.

Some 1,500 people have also been injured, officials said.

Most of the casualties found so far have been in the Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika. Locals said dozens of villages have collapsed.

“There was a rumbling and my bed began to shake,” a survivor called Shabir told the BBC.

“The ceiling fell down. I was trapped, but I could see the sky. My shoulder was dislocated, my head was hurt but I got out. I am sure that seven or nine people from my family, who were in the same room as me, are dead.”

A mother of six who was badly injured in the earthquake said many in her village had been killed, including seven of her own family members.

“We are very poor. We cannot reconstruct our homes again. We have nothing to eat,” she said.

All her family’s food supplies are buried under the rubble.

“There is nowhere to go. I demand the Taliban to rebuild our houses,” she added.— IANS

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  1. I feel very pity when I see Afghanistan. What is the crime Afghan citizens committed? They were forced barbaric Taliban to rule. This Islamic country is begging all over the world for food & water. Rational minded muslims must think about it. Wherever you tried to impose Islamic Sharia, the country collapsed. Don’t get so scared of Aakhirat & follow laws created 1400 years ago.
    Also, most of afghan families have at least 5 children. Why you produce so many children if parents cannot give any future to their kids? Please adopt 2 child policy.

    • Secular Hindu monkey worshipping troll,

      Why lie, you don’t care about Afghans…you supported terrorism against them on this website before. Hindus are the most disgusting evil barbaric backward superstitious vermin…. you’re just frustrated that the pro-American puppet government in Afghanistan fell. Natural disasters can happen to any nation……just like when millions of filthy Hindu dogs were dying of Covid, and you were begging Muslim countries for oxygen and aid. Your Hindutva sh1t hole is the laughing stock of the world, collapsing with millions of jobless Hindu bhangis trying to escape India often to Muslim countries to clean our toilets. This is why Hinduism is incompatible with civilization, ethics, honor and dignity. If not for Islam or Muslims, there would be no India…and you would still be running around naked….having s@xual relations with your own mother and animals. 5000 year old worthless pagan myths stopped your development until Muslims brought you civilization.

      Hindus are worthless hate filled scavengers who are good for nothing…Hindus need to adopt zero child policy so the world can be at peace. You bhikaris should know your place…at the bottom of the gutter

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