Afghan Quake toll rises above 300, Taliban Encouraging Relief
In the wake of Afghan quake crisis, Taliban has been seen encouraging aid groups to continue offering help to the victims. The massive earthquake that hit Pakistan and Northern Afghanistan has already claimed more than 300 lives as rescuers try to understand the actual damage that was caused by the natural calamity. Afghanistan is a mountainous region, with winters just round the corner and the unsteady security arrangements has become a challenge for the international aid groups to provide necessary help as they are always targeted by the insurgents in the area. However, Taliban, who have initiated an Islamist campaign against the government in Kabul, backed by western nations, assured that they will not hinder the help efforts that are being extended to help the victims, reported Reuters.
Earlier this week, a message was released by the group offering condolences to the quake victims under their formal name saying, "The Islamic Emirate calls on our good-willed countrymen and charitable organizations to not hold back in providing shelter, food and medical supplies to the victims", "and it similarly orders its mujahideen in the affected areas to lend their complete help." In Pakistan, the total death toll has been amounted to 228 while in Afghanistan, it has been at least 115, said Sayed Zafar Hashemi, deputy spokesman of President Ashraf Ghani. In the aftermath of the deadly quake, more than 4000 homes have been destroyed, says Hindustan Times.
The earthquake struck the Hindu Kush mountain range where thousands have been left homeless and the situation is becoming more serious as the winters set in. Abdul Habib Sayed Khil, chief of police in Kunar said, "We have insufficient food and other aid", "It has been raining for four days and the weather is very cold", as per Nigeria Guardian News.