Press TV, Paktika
A deadly earthquake rocked Afghanistan's mountainous southeastern province of Paktika early Wednesday, flattening homes and killing at least 1,150 people. Press TV’s Rahmatullah Baghban reached the quake-hit villages to file this report.
After a nine-hour road trip from the capital Kabul, we arrived in Gayan district in Paktika province, where the 6.1 magnitude earthquake has destroyed more than 1000 homes and left nearly more than 2500 victims. The residents have to stay outdoor in cold weather, without access to basic needs.
The next day, as the sun rises, we visit more quake-ravaged houses with search and rescue operations still underway. It seems like every home here has had someone killed or injured.
Naeem Khan’s house was totally destroyed after Wednesday’s powerful earthquake here in Gayan district in Paktika province.
Khan says he lost two of his relatives while five others sustained injuries.
Four of the Taliban ministers and aid agencies arrived in the worst-affected villages to address the needs of survivors.
They are providing food items, blankets, tents, medicines, and other basic necessitates, but more help is needed.
The earthquake comes as Afghanistan is facing drought, famine, and hunger, triggered by cuts in global aid and US sanctions.
The Taliban officials have repeatedly called on the US to release the country's frozen assets.