Taliban govt allocates 1 billion Afs to affected as 1,000 killed in Afghanistan earthquake

The Taliban government has allocated 1 billion Afghanis (equivalent to Rs. 87.53 crores) to help those affected by the quake, reported the Afghanistan-based Tolo News.

The Ministry of State for Natural Disaster Management also announced a compensation of 100,000 Afs to the kin of the deceased. 

“Based on the order of the Prime Minister, it was decided to pay the family of each dead person 100,000 Afs and family of each wounded person 50,000 Afs,” deputy Minister of State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management, Mawlawi Sharafuddin Muslim said in a press conference. 

Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban Supreme leader, extended condolences to those affected. 

Meanwhile, in the capital, Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund convened an emergency meeting at the presidential palace.

A powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan flattened more than 3,000 stone and mud-brick houses and killed at least 1,000 people.

The earthquake was Afghanistan’s deadliest in 2 decades, and officers said the toll might rise.

According to the state-run news agency, an additional 1,500 injuries were reported.

Most of the confirmed deaths were in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, where 255 people had been killed and more than 200 injured, said interior ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi. He added that 25 people had been killed and 90 were taken to hospital in Khost province.

According to the European Seismological Center (EMSC), 119 million people across India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan felt the quake’s tremors over a distance of 500 kilometers.