S.Korea to give $1 mln aid to earthquake-hit Afghanistan

According to Seoul’s foreign ministry on Thursday, South Korea intends to provide $1 million in humanitarian relief to those affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan that left 1,000 people dead.

Around 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kabul, amid parched highlands studded with tiny communities close to the Pakistani border, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred early on Wednesday.

Aid started to arrive on Thursday in a remote region of Afghanistan where an earthquake claimed 1,000 lives, but inadequate roads and communication problems are impeding relief operations in a nation already facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

The early-morning earthquake on Wednesday with a magnitude of 6.1 occurred in dry highlands scattered with tiny communities around 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kabul, close to the Pakistani border.

Mohammad Ismail Muawiyah, a spokesperson for the senior Taliban military commander in the hardest-hit Paktika province, told the media, “We can’t contact the region, the networks are too weak, we attempting to receive updates.”

According to him, the earthquake left 1,500 people wounded and perhaps 1,000 dead. Over 3,000 homes were completely destroyed.

According to data from the U.S. government, the death toll makes this earthquake Afghanistan’s worst in the last 20 years.

By Thursday morning, some 1,000 individuals had been evacuated from various impacted locations, according to Sharafat Zaman, a spokeswoman for the health ministry.

“Aid has come and is still coming to the area, but more is required,” he added.

According to a media crew, the majority of the mud-walled structures in the nearby town of Gayan suffered damage or fell entirely.

As a chopper carrying relief supplies landed nearby, stirring up enormous swirls of dust, the village, which had only the most rudimentary roadways, was busy with Taliban soldiers and ambulances. There were perhaps 300 people waiting for supplies on the ground.

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