STORY: Emergency services rushed to deliver aid in Afghanistan after an earthquake on Wednesday killed at least 1,000 people and injured hundreds…Many of the victims were children…some were treated for broken bones and head injuries…A man who gave only the name Habibullah was cared for at a local hospital. “The earthquake hit around 2 am. It was too dangerous. We left home immediately. Many people were injured.” The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale occurred about 27 miles from the southeastern city of Khost, in eastern Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan. It is likely to be the deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan in 20 years…felt by about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismology Center said on Twitter, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Pakistan. Loretta Hieber Girardet of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said efforts to provide aid and rescue people trapped under the rubble would face enormous challenges due to the terrain, poor infrastructure and recent flooding. “This area – Paktika, very remote. The access to the road is very bad, even at the best of times… (flash) The problem will be obvious, whether or not there are the kind of heavy machinery you need to get to people trapped under the rubble in a fast enough time to save lives.” Afghanistan is also experiencing a serious economic crisis. In response to last year’s Taliban takeover, many countries imposed sanctions on the Afghan banking sector and cut billions of dollars in development aid. Jens Laerke is from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: “It is in a country that is already on the brink, we know that. Food security is what we’re talking about, we’re close to a famine-like situation. So people are really already hanging by a thread, so when this disaster took hold, the de facto authorities in Afghanistan reached out and asked the UN for help.” US President Joe Biden has asked the US Agency for International Development and other partners to assess response options. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations had been fully mobilized and provided initial support. But launching a bailout could be a major test for the Taliban, which took over the country in August after more than 20 years without power.