|June 28, 2022|
Devastating earthquake shakes Afghanistan, killing and injuring thousands
KABUL – Death toll estimates are rising in the aftermath of a destructive earthquake Wednesday that was felt over a wide area of Afghanistan.
The quake has killed more than 1,000 people and injured hundreds of others, Taliban authorities said.
Rescue workers said the casualties from the quake, which struck during the early hours of Wednesday, were likely to increase further.
Deputy Taliban Minister for Disaster Management Mawlawi Sharafuddin Muslim told a news conference in the capital, Kabul, that most of the devastation occurred in southeastern Paktika and Khost provinces, which border Pakistan.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck about 25 miles from the provincial capital of Khost.
Local journalists and witnesses reported the death toll could be as high as 2,500.
Provincial chief Mohammad Amin told VOA that at least 1,000 people were killed, and 1,500 others injured in two districts of Paktika alone.
Videos shared on social media showed flattened homes and rubble. The earthquake also rattled Kabul.
Story Date: June 23, 2022