Over 2,000 Dead in Powerful Afghan Earthquake and Aftershocks

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A powerful magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck western Afghanistan, followed by strong aftershocks, resulting in a death toll of over 2,000 people, according to the Taliban government. Local authorities initially reported 100 killed and 500 injured, but the number is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue. Herat province was severely affected, with multiple villages destroyed, and many civilians buried under debris. The United Nations dispatched ambulances to evacuate casualties, with a focus on assisting women and children. The Taliban called for help from local organizations to provide aid, shelter, and food to the survivors and rescue those trapped under debris. Japan’s ambassador expressed condolences, recalling a previous earthquake in eastern Afghanistan in 2022 that claimed 1,000 lives.