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At least 1,000 killed after strong earthquake jolts Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan.The...

👤 H K Badal22 Jun 2022 5:37 PM GMT
At least 1,000 killed after strong earthquake jolts Afghanistan
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A powerful earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban appealed for international help for the rescue effort as pictures showed landslides and ruined mud-built homes in the province of Paktika.

The quake struck shortly after 01:30 (21:00 GMT on June 21) as people slept.

Hundreds of houses were destroyed by the magnitude 6.1 event, which occurred at a depth of 51km (32 miles).

It is the deadliest earthquake to strike Afghanistan in two decades and a major challenge for the Taliban, the Islamist movement which regained power last year after the Western-backed government collapsed.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude of the earthquake in the early hours of Wednesday was 5.9, revising an initial estimate at 6.1. The epicentre of the tremor was about 46km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, the USGS said.