The United Nations says it does not have search and rescue capabilities in Afghanistan and Turkey is “best positioned” to provide it.
“We spoke about it with the embassy of Turkey here on the ground and they’re waiting for the formal request,” Ramiz Alakbarov, the deputy UN envoy in Afghanistan, said.
“We will be able to make such request only after the discussion with the de-facto authorities and based on what is the reality on the ground,” he said.
“Our teams do not have specific equipment to take people from under the rubble. This has to rely mostly on the efforts of the de-facto authorities, which also has certain limitations in that respect,” he added.
At least 1,000 people have been killed and more than 600 injured after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked remote parts of southeastern Afghanistan.
Some 130 injured people have been transferred to hospitals, according to the United Nations.