The UN estimates that the afghanistan earthquake It has destroyed some 2,000 homes, and a lack of machinery is making it difficult to search for survivors, an envoy from the organization said on Wednesday.
“We believe that about 2,000 houses have been destroyed,” the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, told reporters from Kabul.
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The earthquake rocked a remote border region in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 1,000 people, though the death toll is expected to rise.
Briefing journalists stationed at the UN headquarters in New York, Alakbarov stressed that the number of displaced people would be much higher, since “the average size of an Afghan family is at least seven or eight people” and that sometimes several families live in one house.
Alakbarov said that the “de facto authorities” of Afghanistanthe talibanThey had deployed more than 50 ambulances and four or five helicopters to the badly affected province of Paktika, in addition to giving cash aid to the families of the deceased.
However, he suggested that the lack of machinery was making rescue work in the area difficult.
“Our teams don’t have specific equipment to pull people out from under the rubble. This has to depend mainly on the efforts of the de facto authorities, who also have certain limitations in that regard,” he specified.