Death toll in Afghanistan quake rises to 950; India expresses condolences

At least 950 people were killed in the country's east, according to disaster management officials

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 03:22 PM IST
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Atleast 950 people have been killed and over 600 people have been injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Afghanistan’s Paktika province | Photo: Twitter

Atleast 950 people have been killed and over 600 people have been injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Afghanistan’s Paktika province early on Wednesday.

Disaster management officials revised the death toll up to at least 950 and said more than 600 others have been injured, with significant damage to property seen across several districts.

Helicopters and rescue teams have arrived in the affected areas. In neighbouring Khost province, at least 25 people were killed and 95 others wounded, the report said.

The quake, with a magnitude of 6.1, jolted 44 km southwest of Khost, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake has damaged dozens of houses in the region and also caused land sliding in Paktika, local sources said.

Local officials say the death toll could rise if the central government did not provide emergency help.

The Deputy Prime Minister in Taliban-led government, who heads the Relief and Disaster Control Authority, directed all concerned parties to reach the affected areas as soon as possible, and to use all available resources.

"Save the lives of those affected and provide the necessary assistance to them," he was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency.

"The death toll is likely to rise as some of the villages are in remote areas in the mountains and it will take some time to collect details," Reuters quoted interior ministry official, Salahuddin Ayubi as saying.

Most of the confirmed deaths were in the eastern province of Paktika, where 255 people were killed and more than 200 injured, Ayubi added.

Expressing sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, the Ministry of External Affairs, India tweeted, "To all those impacted by the tragic earthquake in Afghanistan, we share the grief of the people of Afghanistan and remain committed to provide assistance and support in this hour of need."

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