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Afghan earthquake survivors lack food, shelter as aid trickles in | Earthquakes News

Afghan earthquake survivors lack food, shelter as aid trickles in | Earthquakes News

Survivors of Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in more than two decades have been left without food, water, or shelter as they wait in devastated remote villages for aid.

Wednesday’s magnitude 5.9 earthquake in the rugged eastern provinces – which killed at least 1,000 people and destroyed or damaged about 10,000 houses – has downed mobile phone towers and power lines while triggering rock and mudslides which blocked mountain roads.

Aid was beginning to trickle into some affected areas on Thursday after initial difficulties reaching the affected provinces.

Al Jazeera’s Ali Latifi, reporting from Gardez in the eastern Paktia province, said, “While helicopters have been instrumental in transferring the injured and providing assistance, there aren’t enough to go around.”

Mawlawi Khalid, commander of the Taliban’s 203 Mansoori Army Corps, told Al Jazeera that all helicopters had been brought from Kandahar and Kabul. “Of course we still need much more, there is still a shortage,” he said.

In the badly-hit Paktika province, resident Yaqoub Khan told Al Jazeera all the buildings had been razed to the ground, including the local mosque. “There is nothing left here, only the injured,” he said.

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Authorities say the earthquake left about 2,000 people wounded.

Ali Khan, a resident of the Gayan district of Paktika, told Al Jazeera the ground began shaking at approximately 1:30am local time. “My family – 10 people, including children – were killed,” he said.

Khan said finding medical help for his surviving relatives was impossible. “There is a private clinic but it’s 30 minutes away. There is no government hospital,” he said.

In some of the worst affected districts, survivors said they were even struggling to find equipment to bury their…

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