Abdullah orders aid delivery to quake-hit people
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday directed the authorities concerned to deliver emergency aid to the people affected by the massive earthquake.
Chairing a meeting of the Emergency Response Committee (ERC) on information collection and aid delivery, Abdullah said emergency measures should be taken for aid delivery to those affected.
Given the strength of the quake, he said, there was possibility of aftershocks and the authorities concerned should keep the masses informed and be prepared for delivering assistance.
Abdullah said 11 schoolgirls were trampled to death when a stampede broke out in their school in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province.
The CEO said many people had been wounded in other provinces and directed the Public Health Ministry to take measures for treating them.
He said mass mobilization of resources from relevant departments should take place so that emergency aid could be delivered to those affected.
He said Monday’s quake in the country was one of the strongest in recent years. He said Badakhshan, Takhar, Nangarhar and Kunar had been affected the most. Exact figures regarding damages and casualties were still not known, he added.
The 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:39pm local time in Kabul and its epicenter was Jurm district of southeastern Badakhshan province.
The quake, lasting for a minute, has been cited as one of the strongest ones in recent history.
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