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Earthquake Deaths Compound Afghanistan’s Struggles With Economy, Worst Drought in Decades

People look for their belongings amid the ruins of a house damaged by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

People look for their belongings amid the ruins of a house damaged by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

Photographer: Ahmad Sahel Arman/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations (AP) -- The devastating earthquake this week in Afghanistan is one more emergency facing the country, which is also confronting its worst drought in 30 years and massive poverty. Afghanistan also has the highest number of people in the world facing the risk of famine and there are increasing human rights violations by the country's new Taliban rulers, senior U.N. officials said Thursday.

The grim picture of the hardships and perils facing Afghanistan’s 38 million people was presented by U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths and the U.N. deputy special representative for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov.