A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit Afghanistan, adding to the tragedy that occurred a few days earlier when a series of terrible quakes claimed an estimated 1,000 lives. The most recent earthquake, which happened close to Herat, the provincial capital of Herat, has put additional strain on the already precarious situation in the region and raised concerns about an intensifying humanitarian crisis.
The capacity of Afghanistan to respond to natural disasters has come under serious scrutiny in light of these recent occurrences. The country’s capacity to handle crises of this nature has been seriously undermined since the Taliban took over the government, and foreign assistance is still unwilling to come to the country because of persistent geopolitical worries.
Pakistan, Afghanistan’s neighbor, called a special meeting to discuss alternatives for assistance, and Iran offered condolences and humanitarian supplies. Nonetheless, there are still many obstacles in the way of helping the impacted area.
The people impacted by Afghanistan’s severe winter will suffer more as a result of a shortage of food, housing, and medical supplies. Aid delivery is made more difficult by the destruction of infrastructure, notably important bridges.
One of the deadliest seismic events in Afghanistan’s history, the initial earthquake on Saturday, with a magnitude of 6.2, claimed almost 1,000 lives in the province of Herat. Communities are in chaos and are finding it difficult to deal with loss, injury, and displacement as a result of the constant barrage of aftershocks, which included Wednesday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
The UN’s unwillingness to negotiate directly with the government governed by the Taliban worsens the problem. Distractions from the catastrophe in Afghanistan have occurred as a result of other crises, such as the growing Israeli-Palestinian war.
They have been forced to manually dig through the debris for their missing loved ones since foreign help has not yet arrived.