The BBC was informed by doctors in Afghanistan that the earthquake on Wednesday may have killed several youngsters.
The calamity claimed more than 1,000 lives, and rescuers are having difficulty due to persistent rain, depleted supplies, and difficult terrain.
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake destroyed countless thousands of dwellings, many of which were constructed of mud.
One patient at a hospital in the region of Paktika informed reporters that she had lost 19 family members.
She remarked from her bed, “Seven in one room, five in another, four in another, then three in another, have all been slaughtered in my family.”
More international assistance has been requested by the Taliban leadership. Networks for communication are also severely impacted.
According to a Taliban spokesman reported by Reuters news agency, “We can’t access the area – networks are too weak.”
The United Nations is one among the organizations scurrying to get food and shelter to isolated sections of Paktika.
According to survivors and rescuers who spoke to the BBC, villages close to the epicenter of the earthquake were entirely devastated, along with highways and cell phone towers. They also expressed their concern that the dead toll will continue to grow. According to officials, there were also around 1,500 injuries.
The Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika have seen the most of the casualties thus far. Locals claim that numerous villages have collapsed.
A victim named Shabir told the BBC, “There was a rumbling and my bed started to tremble.”
“The roof gave way. Despite being confined, I could see the sky. Despite having a dislocated shoulder and head pain, I managed to escape. My family members who were in the same room with me and I am confident are seven or nine dead.”
A mother of six who suffered severe injuries in the earthquake told the BBC that many people in her area, including seven members of her own family, had died.
“We’re in dire straits. We are unable to rebuild our homes, “She spoke. “We don’t have any food.”
Under the debris are all of her family’s food supplies.
She continued, “There is nowhere to go.” I demand that the Taliban build our homes again.
Every person we encounter is eager to show us the earthquake-related damage to their homes.
They lost their houses, means of support, and loved ones. Items are dispersed throughout the rubble, including beds, cookware, and blankets.
The locals want their names to be included in help distribution plans so that people can more visibly understand how drastically their lives have been affected. Several humanitarian organizations have arrived on the scene, but it is obvious that additional assistance is required.
One of the men we meet has just returned to his town from working as a laborer in Pakistan. The earthquake claimed the lives of twenty members of his family, including his daughter.
After their father passed away, another elderly guy is now in charge of his five young grandkids. Tragic events abound in these valleys.
Many of the family are currently residing in temporary tents surrounded by the wreckage of the homes they had laboriously built.
The Taliban, an Islamist movement that reclaimed power last year after the fall of the Western-backed government, face a significant challenge in the wake of the country’s biggest earthquake in twenty years.
Early on Wednesday, an earthquake near the city of Khost, 44 kilometers (27 miles) distant, was felt as far away as Pakistan and India.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a top Taliban leader, claimed that the government was “financially unable to support the people to the extent that is needed” despite the humanitarian and economic catastrophe currently affecting Afghanistan.
António Guterres, the UN chief, claimed that his organization had “completely mobilized” in response to the catastrophe.
However, Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, the information director for the province of Paktika, told AFP that due to the “severe rains yesterday night,” it was “extremely difficult” for rescuers to get to areas “hit by floods.”
Due to its location in a tectonically active area and its proximity to a variety of fault lines, including the Chaman fault, the Hari Rud fault, the Central Badakhshan fault, and the Darvaz fault, Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 7,000 people have died in earthquakes in the nation during the past ten years. Earthquakes cause 560 fatalities annually on average.
Even before the Taliban took control of the country, Afghanistan’s emergency services were understaffed and underequipped to handle natural disasters.
93 percent of Afghan households, according to the UN, experience food insecurity. The “dire economic condition” in Afghanistan, according to Lucien Christen of the Red Cross, prevents “Afghan families” from putting food on the table.