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Earthquake-hit Afghanistan braces for disease outbreaks

Rahmtullah Baghban
Press TV, Kabul

Afghan people affected by the earthquake in southeastern Afghanistan are grappling with dire situations. Hundreds of families are living in the open out of fear that there may be further tremors.

In the meantime, the affected people in Paktika and Khost provinces say that the provided aid is not sufficient.

The Afghan health minister in a press conference in Kabul on Monday warned that the survivors of the earthquake are at risk of diseases, including mental problems.

So far, the United Nations and several neighboring countries have rushed aid to the devastated areas. But helping thousands of victims remains a challenge for the foreign countries due to the US restrictions imposed on the country following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has been facing multiple humanitarian crises in the past decades. The recent earthquake is a reminder that the war-torn country should not be forgotten by the global community.

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