World Reacts to Fatal Afghan Earthquake

The earthquake hit four districts of Paktika province, killing nearly 1,000 people and wounding more than 1,500, according to officials.

The fatal earthquake in southeast Afghanistan that left over 1,000 people killed, and injured than 1,500 others, has sparked international reactions. 

The Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that he is “deeply grieved to learn about the earthquake in Afghanistan, resulting in loss of innocent lives. Relevant authorities working to support Afghanistan in this time of need,” he said.

The Vatican News reported that Pope Francis said he is praying for those who have lost their lives in the earthquake in Afghanistan.

The epicenter was 44km from Khost city, and it measured 6.1 on the richter scale, according to USGS.

The earthquake hit four districts of Paktika province, killing nearly 1,000 people and wounding more than 1,500, according to officials.

I’m deeply shocked & saddened by the terrible earthquake in Afghanistan with over a 1000 people killed & wounded. My thoughts are with the victims’ families. Together with our intl partners, we will provide humanitarian aid wherever we can,” tweeted German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

“How much more can the people of Afghanistan take? On top of so much hardship already, another devastating earthquake claimed the lives of hundreds of people. Condolences to those who are mourning the loss of loved ones,” said Sam Mort, Chief of Communication, Advocacy and Civic Engagement at UNICEF. “UNICEF is on the ground supporting those in need.”

World Reacts to Fatal Afghan Earthquake