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Earthquake kills more than 1,000 in Afghanistan

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  • 22 June, 2022 23:27:42

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International Desk: The death toll from the earthquake in Afghanistan has exceeded 1,000. More than 1,500 people were injured. It is feared that this number may increase further due to problems in getting information from remote hill villages. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Afghanistan early Wednesday morning, Reuters news agency quoted disaster management officials as saying. The US Geological Survey (USGC) said it was the deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan since 2002. The quake struck about 44 km from the Pakistani border town of Khost. According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center, about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India felt the tremors. However, no casualties were reported in Pakistan. Helicopters have been deployed to reach the injured, said Salahuddin Ayubi, an Afghan Interior Ministry official. They are being treated and fed by helicopter. The death toll could rise further. Some of the quake-hit villages are located in remote areas of the hills, and it will take some time to gather detailed information from these areas. He added that most of the casualties were in the eastern province of Paktika. At least 255 people were killed and more than 200 injured. At least 25 people have been killed and more than 90 injured in Khost province. Pictures posted on social media show the injured being pulled out of the rubble on stretchers. In addition, many houses were seen in a dilapidated condition. A major earthquake in January shook western Afghanistan. More than 20 people were killed there. Earlier in 2015, a large earthquake hit the remote northeastern Afghan region. The quake killed hundreds of people in Afghanistan, including in northern Pakistan.

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