Saturday 10, December 2022

Afghanistan earthquake: Death toll rises to 1,000 after tremor with 6.1 magnitude

News Desk: At least 1,000 people have died and another 1,500 were injured in an earthquake that struck Afghanistan’s Paktika province on Wednesday morning, officials said, almost quadrupling the death toll from earlier in the day.

The quake struck about 44km (27 miles) from the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan at a depth of 51km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, head of the Taliban administration’s natural disaster ministry, said earlier that the majority of deaths were in the province of Paktika.

Interior ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi said that most of the deaths were in the province of Paktika, where over 250 people had been killed and another 200 injured, reported.

He added that in Khost province, 25 people had been killed and 90 taken to hospital.

Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, wrote on Twiter: “A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of houses.

“We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe.”

Rescue workers were arriving at the site by helicopter, reported the state-run Bakhtar news agency.

In a statement, Pakistan’s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif offered his condolences and said that assistance is being provided to Afghanistan.

The mountainous regions of Afghanistan have been prone to earthquakes where the Indian tectonic plate collides with the Eurasian plate to the north.


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