Afghanistan Earthquakes: Multiple Earthquakes Causes Death Toll To Rise To 2400+, 9000+ Injured

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Afghanistan Earthquakes: Multiple Earthquakes Causes Death Toll To Rise To 2400+, 9000+ Injured

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook about 12+ villages in Afghanistan, near the city of Herat. The country actually witnessed more than a single earthquake. More than 9000 people were injured, and the death toll has crossed 2400. The Taliban administration mentioned on Sunday that the tremors felt in Afghanistan this time have been the deadliest in two decades. Though it is a mountainous, earthquake-prone country, the tremors have been extremely strong. 

Multiple Earthquakes In Afghanistan

Janan Saiq, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Disaster Management, told TOLO News that the earthquakes have by far killed over 2,445 people. The Zinda Jan district witnessed the highest number of victims from its 13 villages. Here, more than 1,320 houses were destroyed or damaged.

The spokesperson also revised the number of injured people to 2000, while earlier the number mentioned was over 9000. He said that there was a mistake in the tally of numbers. The area that borders Iran had ten rescue teams helping people who were stuck in the debris. 

The search operation in various places is still on to find and rescue people who might have been trapped in the collapsed structures. 

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Three Powerful Aftershocks

The earthquake that struck Afghanistan took place on Saturday, about 40 kilometers from the western city of Herat. A huge number of buildings collapsed, which trapped many people under the rubble. It is also mentioned that there were at least three aftershocks that were powerful enough. 

The country is a quake-prone one and is hit by earthquakes very frequently. The most earthquakes occur in the Hindu Kush mountain range. This is because this range lies near the intersection of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. 

12 ambulances were dispatched to Zendah Jan by the WHO unit in Afghanistan in order to shift all the injured people to hospitals. Doctors Without Borders have also set up five medical tents at Herat Regional Hospital in order to house about 80 patients. 

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We pray for the people in Afghanistan.

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