December 11, 2023

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A robust 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck western Afghanistan on Sunday, simply over per week after robust quakes and aftershocks killed hundreds of individuals and flattened complete villages in the identical province.

The U.S. Geological Survey stated the newest quake’s epicenter was about 34 kilometers (21 miles) outdoors Herat, the provincial capital, and eight kilometers (5 miles) under the floor.

Save the Youngsters stated 4 folks have died and that Herat Regional Hospital has obtained 153 injured. All the pieces within the Baloch space of Rabat Sangi district has collapsed. A number of villages have been destroyed, in response to the help group. Authorities have given decrease casualty numbers.

Sayed Kazim Rafiqi, 42, a Herat metropolis resident, stated he had by no means seen such devastation earlier than with the vast majority of homes broken and “folks terrified.” Rafiqi and others headed to the hospital to donate much-needed blood.

“We have now to assist in any approach potential,” he stated.

The earthquakes on Oct. 7 flattened entire villages in Herat, in one of the crucial harmful quakes within the nation’s latest historical past.

Greater than 90% of the folks killed per week in the past have been ladies and kids, U.N. officers reported Thursday.

Taliban officers stated the sooner quakes killed greater than 2,000 folks throughout the province. The epicenter was in Zenda Jan district, the place the vast majority of casualties and injury occurred.

The preliminary quake, quite a few aftershocks and a second 6.3-magnitude quake on Wednesday flattened villages, destroying lots of of mud-brick houses that might not face up to such pressure. Colleges, well being clinics and different village amenities additionally collapsed.

Apart from rubble and funerals after that devastation, there was little left of the villages within the area’s dusty hills. Survivors are struggling to come back to phrases with the lack of a number of members of the family and in lots of locations, residing residents are outnumbered by volunteers who got here to look the particles and dig mass graves.