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At least 255 people have been killed in a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan

Status: 06/22/2022 09:20 am

At least 255 people have been killed in a devastating earthquake on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to official figures. At least 155 people have been injured in an earthquake in Bhaktika province.

A devastating earthquake shook the region of Afghanistan on Tuesday evening. At least 255 people were killed, according to the Afghan state news agency Bhaktar. Officials from the ruling Taliban said in the morning that dozens of homes had been destroyed in the four affected districts of Baghdad province. Local media reported that a village had been completely destroyed.

Rescue workers are flying by helicopter to the crash site. Kabul government spokesman Bilal Karimi tweeted, “We call on aid agencies to provide immediate assistance to the victims of the earthquake to prevent a humanitarian disaster.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, 50 kilometers southwest of Ghost.

Different signs of strength

Information about the magnitude of the earthquake will vary. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. Accordingly, the epicenter was reported at a depth of about ten kilometers, about 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Ghost, near the Pakistan border.

The quake was also felt in Pakistan and India

The epicenter was reported below the epicenter, at 119 million people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. According to Pakistani sources, the quake could be felt as far as the capital Islamabad and even in Lahore in the east of the country.

There was panic in some places, but according to initial reports, nothing was known about the damage or injuries in Pakistan. According to the Civil Defense Authority, local emergency services were trying to gain access to the remote hill country affected.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed condolences over the quake and said he would provide much-needed assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Earthquakes in the region are not uncommon

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Afghanistan and especially in the Hindu Kush Mountains. Damage due to poor structural fabric of many Afghan homes is often devastating.

In addition, after the Taliban seized power in the summer of 2021 and the withdrawal of Western troops, the international community largely withdrew from Afghanistan. Since then, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated catastrophically. There is a shortage of food and medicine. These factors can significantly complicate relief efforts in the quake-hit area.