Over 900 killed in Afghanistan after massive earthquake in eastern region

At least 900 people were killed and hundreds were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 jolted Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The quake struck about 44 km from the city of Khost (Photo: Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 900 people have been killed as earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan
  • Hundreds of people were injured and the death toll is likely to rise
  • The quake struck about 44 km from the city of Khost

More than 900 people were killed and hundreds were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck Afghanistan early on Wednesday, reported AFP. The death toll was likely to rise as the information trickled in from remote mountain villages.

Maulvi Sharafuddin Muslim, Deputy Minister of State for Disaster Management, said that 920 people were killed and 610 injured in last night’s quake in several provinces. He also called for international assistance to address the plight of the victims.

The earthquake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGC) said. The photographs captured by Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble and bodies covered in blankets on the ground.

Photo: Twitter

Recalling the horror, a resident of the Afghan capital, Kabul, said strong and long jolts occurred. The disaster came at a time when Afghanistan has been reeling under a severe economic crisis since the Taliban took over the country in August.

(With agency inputs)

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