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Heartbreak and shock at Afghan quake hospital

AFP, 23 Jun 2022
Bibi Hawa's face is distorted by tears as she tries to grasp her predicament from a hospital bed in Sharan, capital of Afghanistan's Paktika province. At least a dozen members of her family were among over 1,000 people killed by a devastating earthquake that struck the region early Wednesday, and she fears she has been left all alone. "My heart is getting weak," she tells AFP as she recounts the event. In an adjacent ward, a dozen men are also recovering on beds. "It was a horrible situation," recalls Arup Khan, 22, talking of the moments after the quake. "There were cries everywhere. The children and my family were under the mud."

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