An earthquake of 6.1 magnitudes has caused huge destruction in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. According to the official news agency of Afghanistan, so far 920 people have been reported dead in this earthquake. The earthquake occurred on Wednesday morning, its epicenter is being told the city of Khost, near the capital Kabul.
The death toll of more than 900 was reported by Sharafuddin Muslim, the deputy minister of disaster management, at a news briefing in Kabul.
Many houses collapsed in this earthquake and 920 people have died, more than 600 people have been injured. Heavy damage has been caused in Baramala, Ziruk, Naka, Gayan districts. Relief and rescue teams are evacuating people trapped under the rubble with the help of helicopters.
According to The USGS, the earthquake hit around 44 km from Khost city in southeastern Afghanistan.
Strong and prolonged tremors were also felt in Kabul, 200 km from the epicenter. The magnitude of the earthquake is known from the pictures on social media from the Afghan media. Many houses have turned into rubble. The death toll may increase significantly as the relief work from the government is going on slack.
It occurred in the early hours, destroying about 90 homes in Paktika province with rescuers in desperate search of survivors after arriving on helicopters.
According to Naseem Haqqani, head of the Taliban Disaster Management Authority, reports of deaths have also been received from the eastern states of Khost and Nangarhar.
Taliban Deputy Spokesperson Bilal Karimi wrote on Twitter that a severe earthquake devastated four districts of the country’s Paktika state, with several people dead and injured. We appeal to all relief and rescue agencies and teams to go to the earthquake-affected places.
Tremors of the earthquake have also been felt in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and East Punjab.