The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Herat Quake: A cataclysmic event

A massive earthquake recently hit Afghanistan, marking yet another calamity for a nation already grappling with a host of challenges. The quake was centered in the Hindu Kush region, a seismically active area known for its frequent tremors. The shaking was felt across several neighboring countries, including Pakistan and India, highlighting the extent of the quake’s reach. According to officials, more than 2 thousand have been killed, 1240 people wounded, and 13 villages have been completely destroyed. The spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management, Janan Saiq, said that based on preliminary statistics, more than 2053 people died and around 9240 people were injured. According to Saiq, most of the victims of the earthquake were in 13 villages in the Zinda Jan district of Herat. He said that 1320 houses were destroyed. The magnitude of the earthquake, combined with the vulnerability of the region’s infrastructure, led to catastrophic outcomes. Buildings and infrastructure were significantly damaged, rendering rescue operations more difficult. The total number of casualties is expected to rise as rescue operations continue and more bodies are recovered from the rubble. Rescue teams are working tirelessly, searching for survivors and providing aid to the affected areas. The challenges are manifold – from dealing with the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, such as treating the injured and providing shelter for those who have lost their homes, to planning for the longer-term issues, such as rebuilding and preventing disease outbreaks. However, the capacity to provide necessary aid is a growing concern, given the country’s ongoing economic crisis and difficulty in responding to natural disasters. The earthquake serves as a stark reminder of the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Located on the junction of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, Afghanistan is no stranger to seismic activity. This recent earthquake was one of the most powerful in recent years and has underscored the need for improved infrastructure and better-prepared response teams to handle such emergencies. The road to recovery is expected to be long and fraught with challenges. The immediate focus is on rescuing survivors and providing aid. Still, the longer-term issues – rebuilding infrastructure, dealing with the economic impact, and improving the country’s ability to handle such disasters – can’t be ignored. This disaster has highlighted the urgent need for global cooperation and assistance in helping Afghanistan recover and build a more resilient future. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.