Mass graves for Afghanistan earthquake victims, fear of higher death toll

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Rescuers are busy searching for survivors after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500. Aid workers also began digging mass graves on Thursday.

The death toll is expected to rise further in the coming days, as not everyone has yet been found. At least one thousand eight hundred houses were destroyed. Rescue work is made more difficult as most of the damage is in difficult mountainous areas.

“The earthquake in Afghanistan is hitting a country where around 20 million people already didn’t know how to eat every day,” said the director of German aid organization Welthungerhilfe.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in 2021, numerous sanctions have been imposed on the country, causing a major food shortage. “The local authorities have already said that foreign aid is welcome.” According to the organization, the Afghan government can hardly achieve this alone.

Wednesday’s earthquake is already the deadliest since 2002. The epicenter was 44 kilometers from the southeastern city of Khost. The Red Cross has sent tents, mattresses, pillows, blankets, medicine, cooking utensils and food aid to the area.

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