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Afghan helicopters, medical teams arrived to assist earthquake victims

Christian Fernsby |
Afghan authorities struggled to reach a remote area hit by an earthquake that killed 1,000 people but poor communications and a lack of proper roads hampered their efforts.

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The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck early on Wednesday about 160 km southeast of Kabul, near the border with Pakistan.

"We can't reach the area, the networks are too week, we trying to get updates," Mohammad Ismail Muawiyah, a spokesman for the top Taliban military commander in hardest-hit Paktika province, told Reuters, referring to telephone networks.

The earthquake killed some 1,000 people and injured 1,500 injured, he said. More than 3,000 houses were destroyed.

About 600 people had been rescued from various affected areas, he added.

The Ministry of National Defense of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has sent 7 of his helicopters and a medical team to assist in airlifting the injured who suffered in the southern provinces of the country on Tuesday night’s earthquake.

The Ministry has sent 7 helicopters with medical health aid to these locations to transport the wounded to military and civilian hospitals and to treat the victims of last night’s earthquake in the southern provinces of the country. according to a press release.

Officials at the Ministry of National Defense said operational units arrived to the area with all their equipment and facilities and are transporting the injured to medical centers.

Meanwhile, officials of 203 Mansoori Corps say that so far 100 people who were injured in last night’s earthquake have been airlifted from Paktika province to Paktia Provincial Hospital.

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