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Venezuela expresses its solidarity with Afghanistan after a 5.9 earthquake

The most affected province was Paktika, with 100 deaths and 250 injuries.

The President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, expressed this Wednesday – on behalf of Venezuela – his solidarity with the government and the people of Afghanistan, after the strong earthquake registered this Tuesday and which has left a 1.000 dead and 1.500 injured.

Through his account on the social network Twitter, the Venezuelan head of state asked "for the health of the wounded" as well as expressed his support for the government.

“On behalf of Venezuela, I express our solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, in these moments of uncertainty and pain caused by the 5.9-magnitude earthquake. My condolences for the human losses. We pray for the health of the wounded. Our Embrace and Support!” wrote the National President on the social network.

The latest balance of deaths and injuries was confirmed by a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Disaster Management and Response, Mohammad Nasim Haqqani, who specified that the most affected province was Paktika, with 100 deaths and 250 injuries; followed by Khost and Nangarhar.

The tremor was recorded about 46 kilometers from Khost, capital of the homonymous province, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which also reported an aftershock of 4,5 degrees.

International aid for Afghanistan

The earthquake also affected Pakistan, leaving one person dead.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was "deeply saddened" by this tragedy and assured that the country's authorities were working to support their Afghan counterparts.

Faced with this situation, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, pointed out that the international organization is mobilized to, through first aid teams and medicines and medicines; care for those affected.

"Given the heavy rains and unusually cold weather, emergency shelter is an immediate priority," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

It's a statement, quoted by the EFE agency, the secretary general asked the international community to help the thousands of families affected by the earthquake, because "now is the time for solidarity".

For his part, the EU's envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, stated that the bloc "is willing to coordinate and provide emergency aid."

From Rome, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the victims of the earthquake and said he hoped that "with everyone's help, the suffering of the beloved Afghan people can be alleviated."

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