The death toll from the devastating earthquake in eastern Afghanistan continues to rise. The death toll from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake has so far exceeded 1,000. Over 1,500 injured. death toll is feared to increase further.
The quake shook the neighboring provinces of Khost and Paktia. In hilly areas where houses are not strong enough and landslides occur frequently, the damage is considered to be higher.
Dealing with devastation in those 2 provinces is now a major challenge for the Taliban government. Because they probably do not have enough capacity to bear the loss that has happened. Footage of a rescue operation in Paktia province has surfaced. It can be seen that people are being wrapped in blankets and taken to helicopters. bodies of injured and the dead are scattered in the area.
There has been more than one earthquake in the past 30 years in different provinces of Afghanistan.
- In 1991, an earthquake in the Hindu Kush region killed 746 people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the then Soviet Union.
- In 1997, 1,500 people from both countries were killed in an earthquake that struck the Afghanistan-Iran border in Caen. 10,000 were injured.
- The 1998 earthquake killed 2,300 people.
- The May 1998 earthquake killed 4,600 people.
- In 2002, a pair of Hindu Kush earthquakes killed 1,100 people.
- In 2015, an earthquake in the Hindukush hills killed 399 people.
- January 2022, an Afghanistan earthquake in Badghis, killed 22 people.