Taliban-run ministry revises Afghan earthquakes death toll to ‘over 1000’, contradicting previous numbers

Kabul, Afghanistan – The death toll from two earthquakes in Afghanistan has been revised to ‘over 1000’ by the Taliban-run ministry, significantly lower than the previous report of over 2400 deaths. The earthquakes, with magnitudes of 7.3 and 4.9, occurred within a span of 24 hours, causing widespread devastation in different parts of the country.

The initial death toll of over 2400 prompted urgent rescue and relief efforts by authorities and international organizations. However, the revised count has raised questions about the accuracy of the information provided by the Taliban-run ministry. The discrepancy in the death toll figures has led to confusion and concern among the public and the international community.

In addition to the revised death toll, the earthquakes have caused extensive damage to infrastructure, including homes, schools, and hospitals. The aftershocks have also hindered rescue and relief operations, posing challenges for the delivery of aid to affected areas.

The earthquakes have further exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, a country already grappling with political instability, economic hardship, and food insecurity. With the recent takeover of the Taliban, the situation has become even more precarious, raising concerns about the capacity and willingness of the new regime to effectively address the needs of the affected population.

International aid agencies and neighboring countries have offered assistance to support the relief efforts in Afghanistan. However, access to affected areas and coordination with the Taliban-run government remain key challenges in providing aid and ensuring that it reaches those in urgent need.

As the situation continues to unfold, it is crucial for accurate and timely information to be provided by the authorities to facilitate effective response and support for the affected communities. The discrepancies in the death toll figures highlight the importance of transparent and reliable reporting in times of crisis to ensure that the full extent of the impact is understood and addressed appropriately.