Afghanistan estimates more than “4,500 victims” of deaths and injuries from the earthquakes

The de facto Government of the Taliban estimated this Monday at “4,500 victims of the earthquake” between dead and injured, without certainty of the total number of deaths, which until the last balance exceeded 2,400, at the same time asking for help to this “great emergency.”

“It is difficult to point out the exact number of deaths and injuries, since there are 35 teams working there, approximately there have been more than 4,500 deaths and injuries, which is changing,” the Ministry of Management spokesperson said at a press conference in Herat. of Disasters of the Taliban Government, Mullah Janan Sayeq.

Third earthquake of the day

An earthquake, measuring 5.1, shook western Afghanistan for the third time this Monday, preceded by one measuring 4.9 and another measuring 4.7, in the same region in the midst of rescue operations for victims after the earthquakes. that devastated the area last Saturday, with more than 2,400 dead and about 2,00 injured.

The 5.1-magnitude and 10-kilometer-deep earthquake was reported 37 kilometers northwest of the city of Herat, located in western Afghanistan, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

No damage has been reported so far.

The epicenter of the last, and most intense, of the three earthquakes recorded today just a few hours apart, took place a few kilometers from the Zindah Khan district, also in Herat, the epicenter last Saturday of a series of earthquakes that devastated a dozen towns.

The country is overwhelmed with saturated hospitals and without sufficient resources to care for the victims, waiting for nations and international organizations to respond to the emergency call.

Saturday’s catastrophe is one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes recorded in the country in recent decades.

Without resources to care for victims

So far only a few countries, including Iran, Pakistan and China, have offered humanitarian aid, in the form of essential medicines and food, even though the country urgently needs specialized rescue equipment and technology for operations.

“The situation is not normal, fear is reflected on people’s faces, people spent the night outdoors, the hospital is facing an overload of injured people and services are not enough,” Ghulam Yahya, told EFE. A resident of Herat witnessed the first tremor this morning.

Afghanistan felt at least seven tremors on October 7. The first and fourth, the largest, were 6.3 degrees and occurred in the Zindah Jan district of Herat, according to the USGS.

This is one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes recorded in the country in recent decades.

Afghans collect money in the streets

Activists and social organizations collect money on the streets of Afghanistan to help earthquake victims, while authorities try to offer assistance without international support.

Ballot boxes in the main cities such as Kabul, Kandahar or Herat have been installed by activists with the aim of raising funds for the medical assistance and supplies necessary to care for the more than 2,000 injured among the limited capacity of the public system.

By Usmana Kousar