Kabul, 22 June
At least 155 people were killed in an earthquake in eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday.
Information about the magnitude of the 6 quake that struck Paktika province remained scarce, but it comes as the international community has largely criticized Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the country last year amid a chaotic withdrawal from the longest war in US military history. left it.
That would likely complicate any relief efforts for this country of 38 million people.
The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported the death toll and said rescue teams were arriving by helicopter. The news agency’s director general, Abdul Wahid Ryan, wrote on Twitter that 90 houses were destroyed in Paktika and dozens were buried under the rubble.
“A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of homes,” Taliban government deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi wrote separately on Twitter. “We urge all aid agencies to immediately send teams to the area to prevent further devastation.”
The Meteorological Department of neighboring Pakistan put the magnitude of the quake at 6.1. Tremors were felt in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and other parts of East Punjab province.
The European Seismological Agency, EMSC, said the tremors were felt more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) by 119 million people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. (AP)