• India stands by Afghanistan, says PM Modi as earthquake claims nearly 1,000 lives

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    At least 1,000 people have been killed and almost 1,500 have been injured as a result of a strong earthquake that slammed a remote border region of Afghanistan early on Wednesday. 


    Digital Desk: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sympathies for the catastrophic earthquake in Afghanistan. He also emphasised that India stands with its neighbour and is prepared to offer any assistance as soon as possible.

     

    I was deeply horrified to hear about the recent tragic earthquake in Afghanistan. My sincere sympathy for the loss of such priceless lives. India supports the Afghan people during this trying time and is prepared to give all available disaster relief supplies as soon as feasible, according to a tweet from Modi.

     

    Ambassador of Afghanistan to India Farid Mamundzay was grateful for India's assistance. "Appreciate India's solidarity and assistance during this trying period. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was already deteriorating rapidly, and recent natural calamities like the earthquake have made life insurmountably difficult for many Afghans "Tweets from Mamundzay.

     

    At least 1,000 people have been killed and almost 1,500 have been injured as a result of a strong earthquake that slammed a remote border region of Afghanistan early on Wednesday. As desperate rescuers search amid collapsed homes, the death toll is certain to grow.

     

    According to accounts, there were still unidentified numbers of persons trapped beneath the debris, and the rescue efforts were made more difficult by landslides and rain. Despite continued search and rescue operations, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told Reuters that "helicopters are allegedly unable to land this afternoon" due to severe rain and wind.

     

    The hardest affected province was Paktika in the east. The neighbouring provinces of Khost and Nangahar, which border Pakistan, also reported casualties and property damage. Since a landslide in the northeastern Badakhshan region killed 2,000 people in 2014, the earthquake was the greatest disaster to ever affect the country.



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