적어도 1,000 사람들이 죽었다, 2,000 injured and
10,000 homes destroyed in Wednesday’s 지진
, after which the UN humanitarian office
) warned that cholera outbreaks in the aftermath are of particular and serious concern
Helping thousands of Afghans is also a challenge for countries that had imposed sanctions on Afghan government bodies and banks, cutting off direct assistance, leading to a humanitarian crisis even before the earthquake.
The United Nations and several other countries have rushed aid to the affected areas, with more due to arrive over the coming days.
Afghanistan’s Taliban administration called for a rolling back of sanctions and lifting a freeze on billions of dollars in central bank assets stashed in Western financial institutions.
In Kabul, hospitals more used to treating victims of war have opened their wards to earthquake victims, but a majority of people remain in the areas destroyed by the earthquake.
“Our houses were destroyed, we have no tent… there are lots of children with us. We have nothing. Our food and clothes…everything is under rubble,” said Hazrat Ali, 18, in Wor Kali, a village of the hardest-hit Barmal district.
“I have lost my brothers, my heart is broken. Now we are just two. I loved them a lot,” 그는 말했다.