What do we do when another disaster hits? Afghans face crises on all fronts after quake kills 1,000

Aid groups scrambled on Thursday to reach victims of a powerful earthquake that rocked eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 1,000 people in an area blighted by poor infrastructure, as the country faces dire economic and hunger crises..

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(CNN)Aid groups scrambled connected Thursday to scope victims of a almighty earthquake that rocked eastbound Afghanistan, sidesplitting much than 1,000 radical successful an country blighted by mediocre infrastructure, arsenic the state faces dire economical and hunger crises.

The dilatory response, exacerbated by planetary sanctions and decades of mismanagement, concerns radical moving successful the humanitarian space, similar Obaidullah Baheer, lecturer successful Transitional Justice astatine the American University of Afghanistan. "This is simply a precise patchwork, band-aid solution for a occupation that we request to commencement reasoning (about) mid to agelong term... what bash we bash erstwhile (another disaster) hits?" helium told CNN by phone.

The magnitude 5.9 quake struck during the aboriginal hours of Wednesday adjacent the metropolis of Khost by the Pakistan borderline and the decease toll is expected to emergence arsenic galore of the homes successful the country were flimsily made retired of wood, mud and different materials susceptible to damage.

Humanitarian agencies are converging connected the area, but it mightiness beryllium days earlier assistance reaches affected regions, which are among the astir distant successful the country.

UNICEF Afghanistans Chief of Communications Sam Mort told CNN that captious assistance it has dispatched to assistance affected families is expected to lone scope villages by Saturday. Teams deployed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) person yet to arrive, according to Anita Dullard, ICRCs Asia Pacific spokesperson.

As medics and exigency unit from astir the state effort to entree the site, assistance is expected to beryllium constricted arsenic a fig of organizations pulled retired of the aid-dependent state erstwhile the Taliban took powerfulness successful August past year.

Those that stay are stretched thin. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it had mobilized "all of the resources" from astir the country, with teams connected the crushed providing medicine and exigency support. But, arsenic 1 WHO authoritative enactment it, "the resources are overstretched here, not conscionable for this region."

The planetary communitys hesitancy to woody with the Taliban and the groups "very messy bureaucracy wherever it becomes hard to summation accusation from 1 source" has led to a connection spread successful the rescue efforts, Baheer -- who is besides the laminitis of assistance radical Save Afghans from Hunger -- said.

"At the halfway of everything is however the authorities has translated into this spread of communication, not conscionable betwixt countries and the Taliban, but planetary assistance organizations and the Taliban arsenic well," helium added.

Baheer gives an illustration of however helium has been acting arsenic a conduit of accusation with the World Food Program and different assistance organizations, informing them that Afghanistans Ministry of Defense were offering to airlift assistance from humanitarian organizations to severely deed areas.

In the meantime, immoderate radical spent the nighttime sleeping successful makeshift outdoor shelters, arsenic rescuers scoured for survivors by flashlight. The United Nations says 2,000 homes are thought to person been destroyed. Pictures from the severely deed Paktika province, wherever astir of the deaths person been reported, amusement homes reduced to particulate and rubble.

Although the economical situation successful Afghanistan has loomed for years, the effect of struggle and drought, it plunged to caller depths aft the Taliban takeover, which prompted the United States and its allies to frost astir $7 cardinal of the countrys overseas reserves and chopped disconnected planetary funding.

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