Afghan Earthquake Leaves at Least 1,000 Dead

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit the eastern region of Afghanistan and reached over into Pakistan. There has already been a confirmed 1,000 deaths and over 1,500 injuries from this earthquake, but officials expect both those numbers to climb drastically as search and rescue continues.

Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of State for Disaster Management, Mawlawi Sharafuddin Muslim, has announced that help and monetary compensation will be given to the families of those who were killed or injured by this incident. The Islamic Emirate will be giving 100,000 AFN to the families of those who were killed, and 50,000 AFN to those who were injured; these come out to around $1,116 and $558 USD.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has publicly announced their plea for aid in this time of need, already fighting against hunger and economic instability. Many countries have begun to send their condolences and support to the citizens of Afghanistan, but it is unclear if any will be sending the requested aid over to the Taliban-run country.

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