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Turkey rescuers say voices still heard under the rubble



(Last Updated On: February 14, 2023)

Rescue teams say they are still hearing voices from under the rubble more than a week after the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude brought thousands of high-rise buildings crashing down in southern Turkey.

In live footage on CNN, rescue workers could be seen in two areas in the Kahramanmaras region where they were trying to rescue survivors, including three sisters.

In what has been hailed as miraculous rescues, in the same region, an 18-year-old boy and a man were pulled out alive from under rubble on Tuesday – a day after rescuers saved a 10-year-old girl.

By Tuesday, the death toll had however risen to over 37,000 as more than 9,200 foreign rescue workers helped Turkish teams recover survivors and bodies.

But as rescue workers continue to search for survivors, hope is fading fast and some of the focus is now turning to helping the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who are facing freezing temperatures and hunger.

For Turkey and Syria, Monday’s earthquake has left them with a dire humanitarian disaster.

AFP reported that the Turkish government said at least 1.2 million people have been housed in student residences, more than 206,000 tents have been erected and 400,000 victims evacuated from the devastated areas.

In a tent city near the quake’s epicentre in Kahramanmaras, father-of-four Serkan Tatoglu, 41, described how his family was haunted by their losses and that they wait out the aftershocks -of which there have been over 2,000 since Monday’s deadly quake.

Speaking to AFP, Tatoglu said his six-year-old son, the youngest, keeps asking: ‘Dad, are we going to die?’”

Turkey’s Vice-President Fuat Oktay meanwhile said Tuesday that 574 children pulled from collapsed buildings were found without any surviving parents.

Only 76 had been returned to other family members.

One voluntary psychologist working in a children’s support centre in hard-hit Hatay province said numerous parents were frantically looking for missing kids. “We receive a barrage of calls about missing children,” Hatice Goz said.

Turkey’s employers’ association, Turkonfed, meanwhile reported Monday that the economic cost of the disaster could be as much as US$84.1 billion, with nearly US$71 billion of that for housing.


Over 3,600 boxes of silkworms distributed to Herat farmers this year



(Last Updated On: May 29, 2023)

Herat Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock says more than 3,500 boxes of silkworms have been distributed to farmers this year in Zinda Jan, Injil, Guzara and Pashtun Zarghun districts of the province.

This directorate has said that 80 percent of silk work is done in Zinda Jan district.

“We were able to grow about 3,600 boxes with the help of institutions, about 80 percent of which we have grown in Zinda Jan district,” said Khalil Ahmad, general director of Herat agriculture directorate.

“About 20 percent of silkworms have been grown in Injil, Guzara and Pashtun Zarghun districts, which has had good results and the financial status of the farmers has improved.”

The local officials said most work in the silk industry is done by women.

“Almost 60 percent of the silk industry is done by women,” said Ahmad Shah Qawami, head of the silk workers’ union for Zinda Jan district.

This year, the families who are engaged in raising silkworms hope to have good production, now that the silk season is over and many are working to separate the silk thread.

However, the farmers are not satisfied with this year’s market conditions.

“The silk market is weak this year, it was good last year, it was very advanced,” said a silk worker.

The silk industry in Herat has a history dating back 600 years, and many families have preserved this ancient profession.

Silkworms usually feed on the leaves of mulberry trees, which grow in these regions. The industry also provides a livelihood to hundreds of men and women in the area.

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Two die of Congo fever in Balkh Central Hospital



(Last Updated On: May 28, 2023)

Two patients died of Congo fever in Abu Ali Sinai Balkhi Hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif city, health officials said.

Reports of an outbreak of Congo fever have been recorded in a number of provinces in the north of the country.

Najibullah Tawana, head of public health of Balkh, announced the death of two people in the meeting of sectorial coordination to prevent and reduce diseases between humans and animals in the province.

“Last week, 10 cases of Congo disease were confirmed in Faryab and Jawzjan and [patients were] transferred to Abu Ali Sina Balkhi seminary hospital, but two of them have died,” said Tawana.
Meanwhile, Mawolavi Mohammad Nasim Abid, the deputy mayor of Mazar-e-Sharif, said that they monitor the cleanliness and compliance of butchers every day, and that animals are slaughtered in slaughterhouses built by this department.

According to him; standard facilities have been established for the slaughter of chickens to prevent the spread of various diseases.

Mawolavi Zabihullah Noorani, the head of Balkh culture and information, also asked the media to inform the people about the prevention of this disease and inform them about the harm of this deadly disease.

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Two security force members killed in Pakistan suicide bombing



(Last Updated On: May 28, 2023)

Two members of Pakistan’s security forces were killed and 19 others injured on Saturday when a suicide bomber riding an explosive-laden motorcycle targeted their convoy in the Chahkan area of Dera Ismail Khan district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an official said.

Two security personnel were killed and 19 others were injured. Three of the wounded were said to be in critical condition, officials said.

They said the injured were transferred to the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar.

Local media reports the entire area has been cordoned off and law-enforcement agencies have launched an investigation into the attack.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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