At least 31 people were injured in an earthquake in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan, a Taliban official said on Tuesday. The tremor hit the same region where an earthquake last month killed hundreds of people and caused widespread damage. Previous reports reported 10 wounded.
The US Geological Survey estimated the magnitude of Monday’s quake at 5.1. The tremor affected two districts in the eastern province of Paktika, said Abdul Wahid Rayan, director of the Taliban Bakhtar news agency.
There were 18 injured in Gayan and 13 in Ziruk district. “Among those injured in the earthquake are women and children,” he noted. Dozens of homes were destroyed and several aftershocks had rocked the area since Monday afternoon, it added.
Last month’s powerful earthquake triggered another crisis in the battered country, further underscoring the isolation and limited capacity of the Taliban. United Nations staff then said 770 people had been killed, while the Taliban put the figure at 1,150 dead. Overwhelmed aid groups already keeping millions of Afghans alive sent supplies to victims of the June quake, but most countries responded lukewarm to Taliban calls for international help.
The cutoff of international funding for Afghanistan has aggravated the country’s economic collapse and fueled its humanitarian crises.
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