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Earthquake in Afghanistan: Demise toll rises to 950, extra casualties feared

Earthquake in Afghanistan: At the least 950 individuals have died and over 600 injured within the earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that hit Afghanistan’s jap Paktika province on Wednesday (June 22), information company Reuters reported. Afghan officers have warned casualties can rise. The Afghanistan-run Bakhtar information company mentioned rescuers had been arriving by helicopter. The information company’s director-general, Abdul Wahid Rayan, knowledgeable on Twitter that round 90 homes have been destroyed in Paktika and dozens are feared to be trapped below the particles. “A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of houses.” Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban authorities,” tweeted. “We urge all help companies to ship groups to the realm instantly to forestall additional disaster,” he added.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) mentioned earlier at present an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit elements of Afghanistan and Pakistan within the early hours, including that the tremors hit about 44 km (27 miles) from the town of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan and was at a depth of 51 km. Citing media studies, PTI mentioned one individual was killed within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province after the roof of his home collapsed. As per  Specific Tribune newspaper, the person, a member of the native soccer group, was asleep inside his home in Lakki Marwat when the roof collapsed. 

In accordance with the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), an earthquake struck over a spread of some 500 km by about 119 million individuals in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Quetta and several other different areas of Pakistan additionally skilled quake, whereas as per Geo Information, the shocks was additionally recorded in Faisalabad, Abbottabad, Swat, Buner, Kohat and Malakand. As per the Pakistan Meteorological Division (PMD), the epicentre of the earthquake was 44km southwest of Afghanistan’s Khost at a depth of 50.eight km and its actual time was 1:54 am (native time).

(With company inputs)