Afghanistan Earthquake Leaves At Least 1,000 Dead & 1,500 Injured
At least 1,000 people have been killed and more than 1,500 others have been injured in a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan, according to the country’s state-run media.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the 5.9-magnitude quake near the Pakistani border at about 1:30 a.m. local time.
According to Aljazeera, the death toll has continued to rise throughout the day, as rescue teams arrive in the mountainous area around the quake’s epicenter.
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We spoke about it when the embassy of Turkey here on the ground and they’re waiting for the formal request,” Ramiz Alakbarov, the deputy UN envoy in Afghanistan, said.
“We will be able to make such request only after the discussion with the de-facto authorities and based on what is the reality on the ground,” he said.
“Our teams do not have specific equipment to take people from under the rubble. This has to rely mostly on the efforts of the de-facto authorities, which also has certain limitations in that respect,” he added.
The UN children’s agency says there are people still trapped underneath the rubble.
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