Another Earthquake Strikes Western Afghanistan, Leaving Thousands in Dire Need

Just days after two powerful earthquakes claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in western Afghanistan, another tremor, measuring 6.3 magnitude, struck the region early on Wednesday. The earthquake hit at approximately 05:10 local time (01:40 WAT), with its epicentre located 28km (17 miles) north of the city of Herat. More than 100 individuals have been reported injured and taken to hospitals for medical attention.

This latest earthquake has added to the misery of residents who were already reeling from the aftermath of the previous seismic events. Many were forced to sleep in the open after their homes were destroyed, and now, with the fresh tremor, their plight has worsened. Aid agencies have raised concerns about a shortage of essential supplies, including blankets and food, further exacerbating the crisis.

Eyewitnesses in central Herat described scenes of terror as the new quake struck. One survivor, who had been sleeping outdoors since the first earthquake, recounted waking up to the violent tremors. “I have never felt so close to death,” she said, adding that she ran barefoot to the outskirts of the city, where many others have been sheltering in tents since the initial disaster.

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