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The Taliban administration announced that the death toll in the earthquake in Afghanistan has exceeded 2,400.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) and many countries, including Turkey, have decided to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) announced that the strongest of the earthquakes, which occurred 35 km northwest of Herat city in the west of the country on Saturday, had a magnitude of 6.3.

Food, drinking water, medicine, clothing and tents are urgently needed for rescue and relief
Suheil Shahin, head of the Taliban political office in Qatar, said food, drinking water, medicine, clothing and tents were urgently needed for rescue and relief.

Afghanistan has been hit by strong earthquakes in the past, mostly in the rugged Hindu Kush region bordering Pakistan.

The death toll often rises when reports come in from remote parts of the country, where decades of war have destroyed infrastructure and aid and rescue operations are difficult to organize.

Much of the international aid that forms the backbone of the economy has been halted since the Taliban took over, and Afghanistan's health system, almost entirely dependent on foreign aid, has faced severe cuts in the past two years.

UN and neighboring countries are sending aid

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) and many countries, including Turkey, have decided to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Pakistan, Iran and China announced that they will send food, blankets, medicine and tents to their neighboring Afghanistan after the earthquake.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced that a plane carrying basic life supplies and equipment needed after the earthquake in Afghanistan departed from Ankara.

In the statement made by the Ministry of National Defense, "We are delivering our country's helping hand to Afghanistan. The aircraft belonging to our Air Force, which will deliver the aid materials needed after the earthquake in Afghanistan and the equipment belonging to AFAD to the region, departed from Mürted Airport Command."
 

Editor: Albert Owen