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Afghanistan earthquake aid begins to arrive for survivors


GAYAN, Afghanistan – Emergency aid has started arriving in eastern Afghanistan, the region hardest hit by an earthquake this week that killed at least 1,000 people, as the Taliban government rushed to launch the recovery effort.

Nayib Khan lost 16 members of his family when their houses collapsed on top of them in Gayan, Paktika province near the border with Pakistan when the quake hit around 1.30am on Wednesday. “I suddenly woke up and felt the earth slipping,” said Mr Khan, 35. “I got up to run when suddenly the house collapsed and I heard my family members screaming.”

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