June 2, 1998 |
Helicopters loaded with emergency aid reached northern Afghanistan on Monday, and soldiers searched remote villages devastated by a killer earthquake in search of buried victims. The quake, which hit Saturday with a magnitude of 6.9, flattened villages and triggered landslides. Aid workers and local officials believe that the death toll will reach 5,000. Thousands more are homeless. Officials estimated that as many as 80 villages were heavily damaged and a dozen villages were wiped out.
February 9, 1998 |
Snow, fog and civil war slowed relief workers struggling Sunday to reach quake-stricken northeast Afghanistan, where new tremors killed up to 250 people, according to the military alliance that controls the remote mountain region. Between 2,000 and 5,000 people are believed to have been killed in Wednesday's 6.1-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks, and thousands left homeless by the tremors and landslides are suffering amid subfreezing temperatures.
February 12, 1998 |
Thousands of people huddling against the cold overwhelmed aid workers reaching earthquake-racked northeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday with supplies too meager to ease the enormous suffering. Shivering survivors cowered beneath plastic sheets, their only protection against the cold and snow. Women clinging to infants wrapped in ice-caked blankets begged relief workers for help.
February 11, 1998 |
A strong aftershock rattled earthquake-stricken northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 11 more people, leveling more villages and isolating victims from relief workers struggling to reach the snowbound region. Snow blanketed the only nearby airstrip, canceling relief flights and slowing relief convoys after a magnitude 6.1 quake on Feb. 4. U.N. trucks carrying thousands of pounds of blankets, plastic sheeting and biscuits struggled to navigate damaged roads.
March 28, 1997 |
An avalanche crashed down on the Salang Highway in northern Afghanistan, burying at least 100 people, none of whom are believed to have survived, witnesses said Thursday. The victims were walking Wednesday toward the Salang Tunnel to catch a bus to Mazar-i-Sharif when a rumbling began and the snow roared down on the highway, said Jan Abdul, a traveler who reached Kabul, the capital, nearly 100 miles from the accident site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1998 |
Responding to the plight of earthquake victims in Afghanistan, mosques in the San Fernando Valley area passed the collection plates after weekly community prayers Friday in a relief effort coordinated by the U.S. headquarters in Burbank of Islamic Relief Worldwide, an international agency. "We in the Valley know the destruction that an earthquake can cause," said Mudafar Al-Tawash, development manager at Islamic Relief. Nearly 5,000 people perished and thousands more are missing in the 6.