News of a meeting between Taliban government officials and U.S. officials was confirmed by Taliban Foreign Ministry spokesman Hafiz Zia Ahmad.
The earthquake that hit the mountainous regions in the Paktika and Khost provinces with a magnitude of 6.0, destructing homes and causing landslides, also injured 250 children.
Villagers are digging out their dead loved ones with their bare hands, burying them in mass graves and sleeping in the woods despite the rain.
Afghanistan was already in the midst of a spiraling economic crisis that had plunged millions deep into poverty with over a million children at risk of severe malnutrition.
In response to the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, India has dispatched 30,000 MTs of wheat, 13 tons of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and winter clothing.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the global agency has 'fully mobilised' to help, deploying health teams and supplies of medicine, food, trauma kits and emergency shelter to the quake zone.
The quake hit at 12:37 IST near Afghanistan's northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.