Two Earthquakes Shake Afghanistan, 31 Wounded, Dozens of Homes Destroyed

Two earthquakes struck Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province, injuring at least 31 people and destroying hundreds of homes.

The US geological survey said that an earthquake measuring 5.1 on Richter scale occurred at 4:30 p.m. local time and largely shocked the previously quake-hit Gayin and Barmal districts of the eastern Paktika province.

“From Monday afternoon until nine o’clock at night, the Gali area of Gayin district was experiencing earthquakes and tremors,” Dr. Hekmatullah, Paktika’s Health Director told TOLONews.

Hekmatullah said that a horrible sound could be heard coming from the mountain till midnight.

The residents of Gayiy prefer to live in the open air due to fear of another earthquake and asked the government to provide them with emergency assistance.

“Once again we are hit with earthquakes. Thousands of houses were destroyed. We are now without shelter,” Shams, a resident of Gayin district said.

Another resident, Assadullah said that some relief packages have arrived to Gayin since Tuesday afternoon, but it is not sufficient.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the State Ministry for Disaster Management, Mohammad Nasim Haqqani confirmed that 600 homes have been destroyed completely.

“Our rescue and medical teams have reached the area to provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the earthquake-hit families,” Haqqani added.

On June 22, a powerful tremor struck the same district of Paktika province in which over 1,000 people were killed and nearly 2,000 received injuries.

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