Thousands affected by a deadly earthquake in eastern Afghanistan are in need of clean water and food and are at risk of disease, the Afghan health ministry has warned.
The officials had managed medicines for now, but handling those who had lost their homes would be a challenge, said Afghanistan’s health ministry spokesperson Sharafat Zaman on June 26.
“We ask the international community, and humanitarian organizations to help us with food and medicine. The survivors might catch diseases because they don’t have proper houses and shelters for living,” he added.
At least 1,000 people were killed, 2,000 injured and 10,000 homes destroyed in Wednesday’s earthquake, after which the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) warned that cholera outbreaks in the aftermath were of serious concern.
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