Afghanistan: At least 255 dead in severe earthquake

Status: 06/22/2022 08:08 a.m

According to official figures, at least 255 people died in a violent earthquake in the Afghan-Pakistani border region. At least 155 others were injured in the quake in Paktika province.

A violent earthquake shook Afghanistan overnight. According to the Afghan state news agency Bakhtar, at least 255 people lost their lives. Authorities of the ruling Taliban spoke in the morning of hundreds of injured and dead and dozens of houses destroyed in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. Rescue workers are on board helicopters in the accident area.

“We call on the aid organizations to provide immediate assistance to the victims of the earthquake in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe,” Kabul government spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter.

Different indications of strength

The information on the strength of the earthquake varies. While Pakistani authorities gave the quake a magnitude of 6.1, the US Earthquake Monitor (USGS) reported magnitude 5.9 and a slightly weaker aftershock. Accordingly, the center of the earthquake was around 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost near the border with Pakistan at a depth of around ten kilometers.

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