An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 affected Afghanistan last month. This was the second time in the last six months, with the previous one in January 2022. The earthquake not only affected Afghanistan but also neighbouring countries like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. According to sources atleast 155 children have been killed and 250 children were injured. Few children have also lost other family members leaving them as an orphan. A total number of over 1000 citizens have been affected in this earthquake. The United Nations held a press conference the next day after the earthquake and spoke about its effects on the city of Afghanistan.
The UN secretary general Antonio Guterres issued a statement- “I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of lives due to the earthquake which struck Afghanistan”. He also added the United Nations Afghanistan base is strong and are trying to help refugees. The secretary general also requested the other countries to help in the disaster as much as possible. The UN have also setup members from the WHO to look after the people who are injured.
Afghanistan has always been prone to natural disasters and wars. Recently their land was also taken over by the Talibans and the Afghans became their own refugees. The Talibans stayed in Afghanistan for over three months and this was the worst period of the country. A similar incident of a Taliban takeover had happened way back in 1996. This was also covered in a book called ‘The Kite Runner’ written by Khaled Hosseini. “It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” he said in the book. This turned out to be very true as Afghanistan always suffers due to a one day mishap.
The effects of the earthquake have stopped and The United Nations and their multiple branches are working on getting the people back to form. Soon the government of Afghanistan will co-operate and find a way to inherit their losses.
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