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Afghanistan (Apr 20) – The United Nations, through its humanitarian wing, has sent emergency aid to northern Afghanistan where a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has reportedly injured dozens and killed at least seven people.
The epicenter of the quake hit in the Samangan province, a mountainous region, northwest of Kabul, the capital, on Monday.
Workers at the scene are assessing the “extent of the casualties and the destruction in the districts of Dara-i-Sufi Bala, Dara-i-Sufi Payin and Ruyi du Ab. Access to some of these areas is restricted due to the damage caused by the earthquake.
Livestock and goods have been lost, and approximately 2,000 homes are damaged or destroyed. Non-food items, emergency shelters, water and sanitation, and food are being coordinated. Injured animals, another concern for the earthquake-rattled region, require the attention of veterinary support. “Transport and warehousing capacities and communications support” is yet another concern the U.N. is addressing.