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Afghanistan earthquake death toll crosses 2,000

12:50 PM | 8 Oct, 2023
Afghanistan earthquake death toll crosses 2,000
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The death toll from the devastating earthquakes that struck Afghanistan late Saturday has surged to 2,053, with an additional 9,240 individuals reported injured, according to a government spokesperson.

The initially reported death toll of 120 is expected to increase as ongoing rescue operations continue to unfold in the affected regions.

Deputy government spokesperson Bilal Karimi expressed deep concern over the “practically very high” casualties resulting from the earthquakes. The seismic events, initially recorded at a magnitude of 6.3, unleashed eight powerful aftershocks, resulting in widespread destruction, particularly in the area located 30 kilometers northwest of Herat.

Numerous reports indicate that 1,328 houses have been flattened, and these figures are expected to rise as assessments continue. In Herat province, more than 600 houses across at least 12 villages have been reported destroyed or partially damaged, affecting 4,200 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Sarboland village in the Zinda Jan district, near the quake’s epicenter, bore the brunt of the disaster, with dozens of homes reduced to rubble. Residents scrambled to search for survivors amid the debris, while many waited in the open, their homes demolished by the tremors.

One government official confirmed that 1,329 homes were destroyed across the affected regions. The WHO emphasized that the number of casualties is expected to rise further as search and rescue operations remain ongoing.

Herat city experienced a significant evacuation as residents fled their homes. Schools, hospitals, and offices were emptied as the tremors were felt. Thankfully, there have been fewer reports of casualties in the city.

The earthquakes have struck Afghanistan at a challenging time, as the country grapples with a dire humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the withdrawal of foreign aid following the return of the Taliban to power in 2021.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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