Afghanistan: On Wednesday, another substantial earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 occurred in northwestern Afghanistan, as reported by the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ). These tremors were recorded at a depth of 10 km (approximately 6.21 miles), and, fortunately, there have been no immediate reports of casualties or property damage resulting from this recent seismic activity.
Deadly tremors just three days ago
This latest earthquake follows closely after a series of earthquakes hit the northwest of Herat city on the preceding Saturday, resulting in the tragic loss of over 2,000 lives and the destruction of numerous homes. These Saturday tremors, which registered at a magnitude of 6.3, were among the most devastating globally this year, ranking alongside the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria that claimed the lives of approximately 50,000 people.
As of Tuesday, Mullah Saiq, the spokesperson for the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), confirmed that the casualties resulting from Saturday’s earthquakes had surpassed 4,000. Additionally, he reported that nearly 2,000 houses in approximately 20 villages had completely collapsed. Meanwhile, the United Nations’ humanitarian office pledged $5 million in assistance for the earthquake response efforts.
Afghanistan’s healthcare system
The healthcare system in Afghanistan, heavily dependent on foreign aid, has experienced severe funding reductions in the two years following the Taliban’s takeover and the subsequent halt in international assistance. Alongside medical and food aid, survivors are facing an urgent requirement for shelter, especially with dropping temperatures, as highlighted by the head of the World Health Organization’s emergency response.