September 23, 2023

Earthquake-hit areas need food, medicine, tents, says Afghan Consul General

Rescue personnel were deployed on the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham, according to Rescue 1122 spokesman.

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Afghan Consul General Hafiz Mohibullah while addressing a press conference in Peshawar regarding the earthquake in Afghanistan said that many villages in three provinces of Afghanistan have been affected by the earthquake.

He said hundreds of people, including men, women and children, had been killed in the quake, many injured and in need of medical treatment, and that most people in the area were poor.

The Afghan Consul General said that he was in touch with the Pakistani government and especially with the Corps Commander Peshawar and the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that medicine, tents and food were needed in the quake-hit areas.

He said neighboring countries should send doctors and engineers to assess the damage themselves.

Hafiz Mohibullah said that full figures of the damage have not been revealed yet but thousands of houses have been damaged and more than a thousand people have been killed and injured.

Talking about aid, he said that we have consulates and embassies all over the country where aid can be delivered.

He said that the government of Afghanistan has determined the routes and provided aid from there.

The Afghan Consul General said that we are satisfied that the Government of Pakistan will extend all possible assistance.

Arrangements to help earthquake victims at the border

Special arrangements have been made by Pakistan at Torkham border in view of possible arrival of Afghan earthquake victims in Pakistan.

Rescue personnel were deployed on the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham, according to Rescue 1122 spokesman.

He said that there were ambulances on the Pakistani border for the treatment of the injured during the earthquake in Afghanistan and personnel had also been deployed at Angor Ada and Ghulam Khan.

He said the injured would be shifted to a nearby hospital in ambulances.

Aid supplies to Afghan authorities
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government handed over trucks full of relief supplies to Afghan authorities.

Provincial Minister Timur Jhagra said the deputy commissioner of North Waziristan had handed over relief items on the Pak-Afghan border to Afghan authorities, including tents, kitchen equipment and other essentials, including beds.

He said that further medical aid and formation and departure of teams is being finalized today while the district administration is in constant touch with the Afghan authorities and full cooperation is being provided in case of any need.

He said that six ambulances were also on the scene for the arrival of pedestrians at the border and transporting the injured to the district hospital.

Timur Jhagra said that Afghan brothers will not be left alone in this hour of grief, Pakistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are fulfilling their right to be neighbors.

The worst quake near the southeastern Afghan city of Khost between Tuesday and Wednesday night killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500, most of them in critical condition.

Pictures in the Afghan media show houses being reduced to rubble and bodies lying on the ground wrapped in blankets, making it the deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan in two decades.

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