5.1 earthquake shakes northern Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (HPD) — A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan, on Tuesday, a Taliban official said.

Taliban Bakhtar news agency director Abdul Wahid Rayan said the quake was centered in Shaghnan district and was felt in other parts of the province.

It had no information on casualties or damage from the tremor, which local media said was felt 350 kilometers away in the northern province of Balkh.

In June, a powerful earthquake caused a new crisis in the country by exposing the Taliban’s weak capacity and isolation. United Nations officials said at the time that 770 people were killed, while the Taliban said the dead numbered 1,150.

Overstretched aid groups, keeping millions of Afghans alive, brought supplies to quake victims, but most countries responded coldly to the Taliban’s calls for international aid.

The lack of international financial aid has deepened the country’s economic collapse and aggravated its humanitarian crises.

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