Floods are preventing the distribution of food and shelter to survivors of the Afghan earthquake.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the hardest in the rugged east along the Pakistani border . More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands more homeless .

SHARAN, Afghanistan: Many survivors of Afghanistan's worst earthquake in more than two decades were starving, awaiting humanitarian assistance in their villages on Friday, with rain exacerbated their despair.The 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the hardest in the rugged east along the Pakistani border, killing more than 1,000 people and leaving thousands more homeless.In some of the most impoverished areas, entire villages have been leveled, with survivors reporting that they were even struggling to find the right equipment to bury their bodies.There are no blankets, tents, or shelter.

Zaitullah Ghurziwal, 21, told an AFP team that there is absolutely nothing to eat in his village in the hard-hit Paktika province.Heavy rain and floods were preventing attempts to reach those affected, according to Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, the province's director of information.The earthquake also destroyed cell phone towers and power lines, destroying them in the process.The earthquake struck areas that were already plagued by heavy rainfall, causing rockfalls and mudslides that decimated hamlets perched precariously on mountain slopes.

Seven people were killed in my family in one room, five in the other room, four in another, and three in another, according to Bibi Hawa, who spoke to AFP from a hospital bed in Sharan's capital.According to Save the Children, the disaster affected more than 118,000 children.According to the international charity, many children are now most likely without clean drinking water, food, and a safe place to sleep.The Taliban government has a huge logistical challenge posed by the disaster, which has isolated itself from much of the world by enacting hardline Islamic rule.

However, the earthquake has sparked an influx of support from around the world, though many are wary of any aid being given.According to government spokesman Bilal Karimi, the aid distribution would be transparent, adding that many countries have supported us and stayed with us.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the global organisation has been fully mobilized to help.According to his office, the UNHCR has supplied tents, blankets, and plastic sheeting; the World Food Programme has provided food stocks for about 14,000; and the World Health Organization has provided 10 tonnes of medical supplies suitable for 5,400 surgeries.

Afghanistan's emergency response teams were stretched to cope with the numerous natural disasters that plague the region well before the Taliban took power.Any swift response to the latest tragedy is however limited since only a handful of airworthy planes and helicopters have been left since they came back to life.We hope that the International Community and humanitarian organizations will also assist our people in this difficult situation, tweeted Anas Haqqani, a senior Taliban official.Afghanistan is frequently shaken by earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which is located near the intersection of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.