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The Taliban wants international help

US President Joe Biden has instructed USAID and other federal agencies to assess possible assistance to earthquake victims

Rescue efforts are being delayed in an earthquake zone in eastern Afghanistan that has killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500. Rescuers’ work is hampered by bad roads and heavy rains. The ruling Taliban is seeking help from the international community.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook 160 km southeast of Kabul on the morning of June 22. There are small settlements in the mountains near the border with Pakistan.

“We can’t go to the area, the networks are weak, we are trying to get new information,” he said. – Spokesman for Taliban Commander-in-Chief in Paktika Province Most Affected by Earthquake Muhammad Ismail Muawiya He told Reuters about mobile phone networks.

He said more than 3,000 houses had been destroyed.

“Hand in hand with the Afghan people”

The supreme leader of the Taliban Heybatulla Akhundzade He called on the international community, charities and humanitarian organizations to “join hands with the Afghan people in this great tragedy.”

The natural disaster is causing problems for the Taliban-led government. The group, which has a strict sharia policy on women and girls, has been isolated from the world. The country is already struggling with a serious humanitarian catastrophe. The situation has worsened since the Taliban seized power last August.

The quake is the worst in 20 years. In 2002, a similar earthquake in northern Afghanistan killed thousands of people.

Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Saladin He said it would take time to gather information from remote areas in the mountains. He stressed that helicopters were involved in the rescue operation.

Biden instructed

President of the United States Co Biden He instructed USAID and other federal agencies to assess possible assistance to earthquake victims.

“We are committed to continuing to support the needs of the Afghan people, and we stand by them in this terrible tragedy.” – National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan he said.

The United Nations says medical teams have provided medical supplies but are unable to carry out search and rescue operations in Afghanistan.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres He said the global agency was “fully mobilized” to help.

“I share the grief of the Afghan people, who have suffered from years of conflict, economic hardship and famine.” He said in a statement.

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