Herat: The number of casualties in western Afghanistan due to the earthquake has surpassed 2,500, as rescue workers have started searching for survivors among the rubble of collapsed villages.
According to officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management, the death toll has surpassed 2500. Mullah Janan Saiq, the spokesman for the Afghanistan Disaster Management expressed concerns that the death toll could continue to rise as the full extent of the damage becomes apparent, particularly in the northwestern Herat and Badghis provinces.
The Afghanistan Disaster Management Authority previously reported that the earthquake had resulted in the partial or complete destruction of over 1,300 houses, leaving countless families without homes.
Rescue teams and aid organizations are actively working in the area to provide assistance. The affected population in the region is still facing critical shortages of shelter and food, intensifying the humanitarian crisis. Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for Kabul police, stressed the urgent need for aid and relief efforts in the affected regions.
Reports from government news agencies indicate that approximately 12 villages in the Zendah Jan and Ghorian districts of Herat province, which is home to 1.9 million people, have been completely razed to the ground.
The US Geological Survey reported multiple strong earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.5, 5.9, and 6.2 in various Afghan provinces. The epicenter was located 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) northwest of Herat city.
The devastating earthquake in June of the previous year, with a magnitude of 5.9, claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless in the Paktika province