Earthquake kills at least 280 in Afghanistan

The 6. 1 magnitude quake hit the southeastern portion of the country

At least 280 people have been killed and many others are injured after a 6. 1 magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan early on Wednesday, the particular ruling Taliban’s official information agency Bakhtar has said.

The epicenter was located some forty-four km (27 miles) from your city of Khost in the southeast of the country at a depth of 51km (31 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said. The earthquake also affected parts of neighboring Pakistan.

Most of the deaths and destruction have been documented in the Afghan province associated with Paktika. According to Bakhtar, at least 280 were killed and over 600 others wounded there.

Local authorities have warned that the loss of life toll could rise in the event that help doesn’t arrive from Kabul.

Pictures from the area on social media marketing have captured homes becoming reduced to rubble by the tremors.

“ A severe earthquake shook four districts associated with Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of homes, ”   Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesperson for the Taliban government, published on Twitter.   “ We urge many aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to avoid further catastrophe. ”

The crisis services earlier said there have been also fatalities in the nearby Nangarhar and Khost provinces.

Shockwaves had been felt by around 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, the particular European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) has said. Tremors were reported by witnesses within Afghan’s capital Kabul and also Pakistan’s Islamabad.

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