|"Those injured that were in a bad condition and needed operations, (which) we can't do here, have been sent to Kabul," said Abrar, who goes by one name, the manager of a hospital in Paktika, the worst-affected province. Afghan men try to retrieve a car from the debris of damaged houses after the recent earthquake in Wor Kali village. (Photo from Yahoo News)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] KABUL: Vital medical supplies reached hospitals on Saturday (Jun 25) in the remote area of Afghanistan hit by an earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people this week, as the country's Taliban government appealed for more international aid, Reuters reported.
Authorities have called off the search for survivors in the mountainous southeastern region near the Pakistani border following Wednesday's 6.1-magnitude quake, which also injured about 2,000 people and damaged or destroyed 10,000 homes. Aftershocks on Friday killed at least five more people in the area some 16 km southeast of the capital, Kabul, and medical staff said rudimentary healthcare facilities were hampering their efforts to help the injured. "Those injured that were in a bad condition and needed operations, (which) we can't do here, have been sent to Kabul," said Abrar, who goes by one name, the manager of a hospital in Paktika, the worst-affected province.
The United Nations and several other countries have rushed aid to the affected areas, with more due to arrive over the coming days, and the Taliban appealed on Saturday for further aid shipments to help quake victims. "We call on all humanitarian organizations to help the people," said Mohammad Amen Hozifa, a spokesperson for the Paktika provincial government.