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Afghans bury dead, dig for quake survivors

Kabul, June 23

Villagers rushed to bury the dead on Thursday and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000.

The Taliban and the international community that fled their takeover struggled to bring help to the victims. Under a leaden sky in Paktika province, which was the epicentre of earthquake, men dug a line of graves in one village, as they tried to lay the dead to rest quickly in line with Muslim tradition.

India today sent relief materials to the earthquake-hit people of Afghanistan. The aid was sent a day after India said it was committed to provide assistance and support to Afghanistan in its “hour of need”.

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