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Overnight, a powerful earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring more than 1,500, according to the country’s government media.
According to the US Geological Survey, a local earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 magnitude quake around 1:30. It has been found in most parts of the country, including the capital, Kabul. And because it was held near the border with Pakistan, the country was also affected.
The earthquake destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures and caused complete darkness, ABC News reported. Many of the villages that have been hit are in remote areas with little access to outside resources or communication.
At present, there are some images of destruction, and the death toll is expected to increase UNHCRThe victims are thought to have been trapped under debris.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, rescue teams are stationed on the ground and by helicopter to help transport victims to health centers.
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While we still don’t know the full extent of the disaster, here are some ways you can help those affected.
- Donate to the appeal of the Afghanistan crisis. The Islamic Relief Response Team is currently located in the province of Pactica, the area most affected by the earthquake and provides food, monetary assistance and shelter.
- Donate to UNICEF. The United Nations Agency has sent a number of mobile health and nutrition teams to provide first aid to those injured in the earthquake. It also supplies critical assistance to those in need, including kitchen equipment, sanitary supplies (soaps, detergents, towels, sanitary pads and buckets of water), warm clothes, shoes, blankets, tents and tarpaulins.
- Donate to OCHA: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is delivering medical supplies — including health kits, surgical kits and medicine to treat victims — to earthquake-prone areas.
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