The number of deaths in Afghanistan as a result of Saturday’s major earthquakes has risen to 2,053, the Taliban-led Afghan Ministry of Disasters said. More than 9,000 people have been injured and more than 1,300 houses have been destroyed in the affected areas.
The first earthquake occurred yesterday morning around 11:00 am (local time). The epicentre was 40 kilometres northwest of the city of Herat. After the earthquake, eight heavy aftershocks were felt. According to Afghan authorities, entire villages have been wiped out. Rescuers searched all night for victims and survivors.
A spokesperson for the Taliban, who are currently in control of Afghanistan, spoke to X about “a great tragedy”. He indicates that the number of deaths is much higher than what they first expected. Yesterday, the United Nations reported 320 deaths from the earthquake. Initially, Afghan authorities cited lower figures but expressed concern about the potentially high number of casualties.
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