Badakhshan, Baghlan quake-affectees urge early aid delivery
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Monday’s massive earthquake killed at least 12 people, injured dozens and damaged more than 1,400 houses in northeastern Badakhshan and northern Baghlan provinces, officials said on Tuesday.
The 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:39pm local time in Kabul and its epicenter was Jurm district of Badakhshan province.
Badakhshan officials said more than a thousand houses were damaged in the quake, leaving 12 people dead and another 24 wounded.
Mohammad Eshaq Yaqobi, an official at Badakhshan natural disaster management authority, told Pajhwok Afghan News Jurm and Kishm districts had been damaged the most.
He said 350 houses were damaged in Soch villages of Jurm district where four people suffered casualties.
He said the figures had been collected from local people and assessment teams had been sent to the localities to ascertain the damage.
Haji Abdul Basir, a local elder in Yamgan district, said 60 houses in Awshengan village and 50 more in Jukhan village had collapsed. Another 180 houses, he added, had been partially affected. Death toll was not yet known, but around 20 people had been injured, he said.
Gul Mohammad Bedar, deputy governor for Badakhshan, chairing a meeting of the Emergency Response Committee, said they had decided to send teams to all the districts for proper assessments.
Meanwhile, Abdul Nasir Kohzad, Baghlan natural disaster management head, said two people lost their lives after their house ceiling collapsed and 13 more were wounded.
He said 18 more people were wounded in Doshi and Bano districts. In general, he said, 400 houses had been damaged and many affected people lived under the open sky.
Habibullah, a resident of Bano district, said: “The earthquake damaged our house. We live along with some other families in a mosque.”
He said 12 houses were damaged in his village and a woman and her child were wounded.
Noorullah, a Pul-i-Khumri resident, said: “My house has been damaged and we want the government to first provide us with food and then help us with reconstruction of our house.”
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