India stands by Afghanistan, says Modi as earthquake claims at least 1,000 lives | Latest News India

The eastern province of Paktika was the hardest hit. Casualties and damage were also reported in the nearby provinces of Khost and Nangahar bordering Pakistan.

Written by Kanishka Singharia | Edited by Sohini Goswami

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed his condolences for the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan and said India is assisting the neighboring country and is ready to provide all aid at the earliest.

“Deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan today. My deepest condolences for the loss of precious lives. India stands by the people of Afghanistan in their trying times and stands ready to provide all possible material for disaster relief at the earliest Modi wrote in a tweet.

Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay appreciated India’s support. “Appreciate India’s solidarity and support at this difficult time. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has gone from bad to worse – and with the occurrence of natural disasters such as the recent earthquake, life for many Afghans has become unbearable,” Mamundzay tweeted.

A powerful earthquake hit a remote border area of ​​Afghanistan early on Wednesday, killing at least 1,000 and injuring nearly 1,500, officials said, and the toll is expected to rise as desperate rescuers dig through collapsed homes.

According to reports, an unknown number of people were still trapped under the rubble, while landslides and rain hampered rescue operations. “While search and rescue efforts are underway, heavy rain and wind are hampering efforts with helicopters reportedly unable to land this afternoon,” a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told Reuters.

The eastern province of Paktika was the hardest hit. Casualties and damage were also reported in the nearby provinces of Khost and Nangahar bordering Pakistan. The quake was the worst disaster to hit the country since a landslide in 2014 killed 2,000 people in northeastern Badakhshan province.

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