ISLAMABAD – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the Afghan city of Faizabad, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province, on Tuesday, a Taliban official said.
Abdul Wahid Rayan, the director of the Taliban’s Bakhtar news agency, said the epicenter of the earthquake was the Shaghnan district and that it was felt in other parts of the province.
He had no information on casualties or damage caused by the quake, but local media reported it was felt about 350 kilometers away in northern Balkh province.
In June, a powerful earthquake ignited another crisis in the struggling country, underscoring the Taliban’s limited capacity and isolation. UN officials said at the time that 770 people were killed, while the Taliban put the death toll at 1,150.
Overstretched aid groups, already keeping millions of Afghans alive, rushed supplies to victims of the June earthquake, but most countries responded lukewarmly to the Taliban’s calls for international aid.
The international cut off of Afghanistan’s funding has exacerbated the country’s economic collapse and fueled its humanitarian crises.