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The Taliban end the search for those missing due to the earthquake

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ISLAMABAD, June 25. (DPA/EP) –

The Taliban authorities have ended this Saturday the phase of searching for the disappeared due to the catastrophic earthquake last Tuesday and will focus their attention on the care of the hundreds of injured caused by the tremor, which has left more than a thousand dead in Paktika, in the southeast of the country.

A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry for Disaster Management has confirmed the launch of field hospitals to care for the slightly injured while the critical ones have already been transferred to hospitals in the region.

The Taliban government has also started distributing money to families affected by the calamity.

Around 120 children are among the more than 1,000 fatalities of the earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the open Richter scale registered on Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday. .

The earthquake had its epicenter about 44 kilometers from the city of Jost, while its epicenter has been at a depth of about 51 kilometers, later revised to about ten kilometers, according to data published on its website by the United States Geological Survey. States (USGS).


“There are at least 121 children among the thousand dead that the earthquake has left,” said the UNICEF representative in Afghanistan, Mohamed Ayoya, who pointed out that “this earthquake has been another tragic reminder of the challenges facing the people of Afghanistan”.

Afghan authorities on Thursday raised the dead to more than 1,100 and said another 1,600 people had been injured.

Also, the Afghan Ministry of Disaster Management said that more than a thousand of those injured by the earthquake are in critical condition.

The leader of the Taliban, Mullah Hebatullah Ahundzada, called on the international community on Wednesday to help the authorities to attend to the victims, while the United Nations and its agencies have begun to mobilize resources to deal with the emergency. .

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