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World offers help to quake-hit villagers as death toll passes 1,500

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KABUL: The world community has pledged humanitarian aid to thousands of people affected by a monster earthquake early on Wednesday which killed at least 1,500 villagers. An additional 2,000 have been injured in the aftermath of the quake, according to Taliban officials.

Japanese government and Deputy Secretary of Government, Seiji Kihara, announced a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan following Wednesday morning’s earthquake.

Moreover, South Korea promised on Thursday providing $1 million in humanitarian assistance to victims of the devastating earthquake.

The death toll from the earthquake was 1,000 but it hit 1,500 just on Thursday as rescuers are trying to rescue an unknown number of people still trapped under rubble and in outlying areas and the toll is expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Rescue operations are reportedly complicated by bad weather conditions including heavy rains, landslides and isolated location of many villages being wedged inside hillsides.

Pakistan also dispatched relief goods for earthquake victims in southeastern Afghanistan. Eight trucks carrying tents, tarpaulin, blankets and medicine, are being transported to Afghanistan.

Kam Air Airlines has announced $110,000 in cash aid also dispatched 2,000 bags of flour to quake-hit areas.

About 2,000 homes were destroyed by the worst natural disaster to strike the poverty-ridden country in decades. Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in rugged terrains of Paktika and Khost provinces.

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