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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Afghanistan earthquake: Your experiences
It is now feared that the number of people killed in the earthquake disaster in northern Afghanistan has risen sharply after fresh aftershocks hit the region on Wednesday morning.
Government officials had previously talked of about 2,000 deaths from a series of earthquakes which flattened the market town of Nahrin and affected 40 nearby villages in the remote province of Baghlan.
Aid is being flown and driven into the region, but the aftershocks and badly-damaged roads are slowing the operation.
If you are in the region, tell us about your experiences. Should the West do more to help Afghanistan?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
At the time of the earthquake I was in my shop with my friends and I felt jerk, I thought I that something is wrong with me. And then my friend told me that this was an earthquake. When next morning I came to my shop I learned that 2000 people died in NAHRIN in an earthquake. I think it's because of the USA's bombing... otherwise why did such an earthquake not happen in Pakistan, Iran and other neighbourhood countries??
Whatever aid is sent
for the victims at
Quake stricken area.
Please do not let it
fall in the hands of
I am not in the region currently but I am from there. I think the bombing and use of weapons of mass destruction in Afghanistan caused the earthquake.
This is clearly a natural disaster. Why can't we all get together and help those suffering instead of imposing war which is clearly a man-made disaster? We all thrive for a good living standard, and yet when there is a disaster it takes far too long for the general society to come together for aid. Or is it the fact it is in Afghanistan? And at this moment with the war going on the Americans are controlling all aid reaching various parts. We can come together as a nation at war but not for help. This is what America wants and this is what America is going to get. They need to move out and leave them be and get on with their lives. They are going to be accepted in Afghanistan if they lend a helping hand which they are not likely to do whilst at war..
Bill Johnson, UK
My relatives in the damaged area have reported that 60% of population has died there and relief works are not carried out at all in most of the areas.
At the time of the earthquake I was in Peshawar with my friends and I felt jerk, I thought I that something is wrong with me. And then my friend told me that this was an earthquake. When next morning I came to my office I learned that 2000 people died in Afghanistan in an earthquake. I wonder, why do all natural and man-made disasters come on Afghan people?
It is sad that the Afghan people have suffered a lot from continuous wars, and now this earthquake. We, the international community, especially the west, should sincerely and seriously help Afghanistan in this crucial moment. I would like to see a special conference, sponsored by the UN, to work out the re-building of Afghanistan, with short-term and long-term plans, defiantly without strings attached. Let us see the human side in all of us.
Linking earthquakes in Afghanistan to US bombing is irresponsible to say the least. It's like linking global warming to the launching of the space shuttle. It's an example of an irresponsible hysteria and does nothing to help the victims. Ask what we can do to help, not who to blame.
I think that Afghanistan has been through enough. It is time for the international community to really help Afghanistan rebuild its basic infrastructures, and leave them in peace. I just hope that the western troupes in that country aren't going to stick around long enough for the situation to rot into another Somalia.
I am working on the behalf of a private American relief agency in Kabul. I was startled from my sleep by the quake which was much greater than those that I experienced while living in San Francisco. In the village where I work, most everyone lives in mud huts that only days ago we fortified with supplies sent in by our agency. Only 1 house in about 30 collapsed and thankfully it was not occupied.
This is very sad.
It's not fair for them to live in poor environment and then finish their lives like that but I'm sure our god has the reason to do it.
The weapon carriers in Afghanistan need to drop their weapons and begin building sturdy buildings.
I was very saddened to see the pictures of casualties in the Afghan quake.
However, I would also appreciate the chance to see photos of all the civilians, children or otherwise, injured (and worse) in US and UK bombings. If journalism were truly independent and showed the grim truth, then maybe the general public would not be backing the War on Terror.
Serhat Khan, Pakistan
I don't trust our government - I would not be in the least bit surprised if the quake were intentionally induced by them to assist them in their military operations. Mr Blair and Mr Bush do not care for people.
It is time US should use some of the billions being used to bomb them to feed them.
I wonder if we will see the same level of international co-operation in helping these people as we saw on 11 September?
I wish someone can give me an international agency's name that I can send money for survivors, apart from praying for the lost souls that's all I can do, I can not comprehend why this happened to my countrymen after so much of suffering. If that is God's wish I can't question him. Please God almighty be kind to Afghanistan and Afghan people. It hurts very much.
I think these quakes are the result of heavy bombing being done by USA. Please stop bombing to save the people and nature
Najib, remind me to write an angry letter to your science teacher.
American bombs did not trigger this earthquake, Najib, Canada. Afghanistan happens to be situated on one of the most tectonically active areas in the world due to the impaction of the Indian Sub-continent into Asia. It would be very unlikely that American bombs could cause this amount of destruction. It is not an act of God but a natural occurrence, which, coupled with mud brick housing, has led to this horrendous loss of life.
Najib, Montreal, Canada: I knew it. I knew that there would be at least one person who would blame the US for this - as usual, we do it all. Unbelievable. My deepest sympathies to the Afghan people, who have suffered so much.
The depth and magnitude of this earthquake is very huge - but it couldn't have happened without the bombings of the US. I believe that Afghanistan has been bombed so much that even the Afghan-land could not tolerate it anymore. It is obvious that the quake was there, but the bombings caused it to erupt.
Johar Ali, US
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