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4,000 killed and injured in Herat earthquake: Ministry

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Ministry of Disaster Management of Afghanistan has announced that on Saturday, four thousand people were killed and injured due to the earthquake in Herat.

Officials from this Ministry stated in a press conference in Kabul that 1,983 residential houses have also been destroyed in 20 villages in Herat.

The Taliban has not yet provided a breakdown of the casualties and injuries caused by the Herat earthquake.

On Monday, after a press conference in Kabul, the Ministry stated in a press release that 35 national and international search and rescue teams with a thousand personnel were present at the earthquake site.

The Taliban stated that a delegation representing Hibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s leader, also went to Herat and promised assistance to earthquake victims.

The Taliban has said that the relief and rescue operations for people trapped under rubble are ongoing.

According to this statement, technical teams from the Islamic Republic of Iran have also arrived at the earthquake-affected areas.

According to this statement, China, Japan, Iran, Pakistan, the European Union, and the World Health Organization have pledged cash, food, and medical aid to the Herat earthquake victims. The Taliban stated that aid from Iran and Turkey has already reached Herat.

Based on this statement, the people of Khost, Kandahar, Paktia, Nimroz, Nangarhar, Wardak, and Farah have also announced that they will send cash, food, and non-food aid to Herat.

The Taliban announced that charitable organizations, businessmen, and a select group of Pakistani individuals have joined forces to contribute approximately 32,350,000 Afghanis to aid the Herat earthquake victims.

Furthermore, the Taliban Prime Minister’s Office has earmarked 100 million Afghanis for earthquake relief initiatives, and the Azizi Foundation has pledged an additional 300 million Afghanis to assist those affected by the disaster.

On October 9, 2023, Herat endured its third earthquake, a magnitude 5.1 event, following earlier quakes measuring 4.7 and 4.9. The ongoing seismic activity has raised concerns for the future, especially with winter approaching. Relief workers emphasize dire conditions, particularly for women and children in the Zindajan district, where the earthquakes have severely impacted their physical and mental well-being, compounding their grief and loss.

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