After a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Afghanistan on Saturday, there were about 8 aftershocks. Thus, countless houses in rural areas were washed away. Now people live on the streets. 30 km from Herat, the capital of the northwestern part of Afghanistan. m. The epicenter was found far away and it was impossible for the rescue forces to reach this area.
Bilal Karimi, the spokesman of the Afghan government, informed the media about this and said that the number of deaths and injuries has increased dramatically as of Sunday morning. He said that more time is needed to comprehensively calculate the amount of damage.
Although it is not possible to say the exact number of deaths, it is estimated that more than one thousand people have died. The spokesperson explained that the final number will be announced soon.
When the earthquake struck on Saturday night, hundreds of houses suddenly collapsed in the Sarboland village of Zinda Jan district, the epicenter of the earthquake, according to the statement of eyewitnesses, AFP news agency reported. After that, 8 aftershocks were reported over a period of 5 hours, shaking more buildings.
Houses were washed away, women and children were trapped under the debris. Men were seen busy clearing the rubble of their homes to save their families. At the same time, the daily use items were blown away from the damaged houses due to strong winds.
According to World Health Organization calculations, around 600 houses in Afghanistan have been completely destroyed. There are 12 villages remaining in Herat province alone. 4,200 people in these villages have become homeless.
Bashir Ahmed, 42, said that most of the houses were destroyed when the earthquake first struck. At this time, those inside the house became a living tomb. He explained that the entire family of some houses were buried alive and the debris clearance of those houses was not even done.
The first earthquake occurred at 11 am local time in Afghanistan on Saturday. Mohammad says that by the time we came out of the house, there was nothing left.
As of now we have nothing. We don’t even have a blanket to protect us from the cold. They say that at night it is scary enough. The World Health Organization has expressed concern that the death toll may rise further as the rescue operation is going on slowly.