Islamic Emirate officials said that the death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in Paktika and Khost provinces has risen to about 1,100 and the number of injured has risen to 1,600.
The Ministry of State for Disaster Management said that more than 1,000 of the injured are in critical condition. The number of victims and injured is increasing day by day, as some people are still trapped in the wreckage.
Local officials and residents of Paktika said more than a thousand houses have been destroyed in the earthquake.
Residents of the impacted areas said they have lost all their belongings in the incident. Destitute families in Paktika province are asking humanitarian agencies and the government to provide immediate assistance for them.
“People have suffered a lot of causalities, lives have been lost, the earthquake has destroyed a lot of houses," said a Paktika resident.
The relatives of the victims endured tough days and nights outdoors as a result of the destruction of homes in several Paktika regions.
“A lot of victims are still under the debris, we do not know how many people are left under the debris, there are up to 20 people martyred in every house,” a resident of Paktika told TOLOnews.
“People do not have tents, there is no food, people are living outdoors, they need everything,” a resident said.
Wednesday’s earthquake has disrupted the lives of everyone living in Giyan, Bermal and Ziruk districts of Paktika province.