KABUL, 23 Zulkaedah 1443H, Friday – Afghans who survived the earthquake admit they now face starvation due to lack of food and shelter.
More worrying is that they now also face the risk of a cholera epidemic, especially in the Paktika region, which is the most affected by the earthquakes.
One of the residents, Agha Jan, whose lack of food and shelter was looking for something behind the rubble, was crying when she found her son’s shoes.
“These are the shoes of my son who was killed along with his two wives and three other children.
“Everything is just fragments now, there is nothing I can do for now, I am without food or shelter,” he said, sharing that the earthquake occurred when he was sound asleep.
He said that during the incident, he yelled for his cousin to help and find his family members, but they all died in the incident.
Agha Jan village in Barmal province is one of the places severely affected by the earthquake that killed around 1,000 people and injured more than 3,000.
Residents had to take up to three hours to reach nearby towns and most roads in remote locations faced difficulties when main roads were destroyed, forcing patients to be flown to hospitals using Taliban military helicopters.
Although most of the houses in the village were built of mud and stone, they were all badly destroyed, leaving them without a safe haven.
Habib Gul, who works in Karachi, Pakistan, rushed back to his village in Barmal after learning that 20 members of his immediate family had been killed in the tragic incident.
Habib said he was now scared after seeing the incident hit family members apart from having to starve to death and did not know where to shelter after the house his family lived in collapsed. – Agency
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