Afghanistan earthquake death toll reaches 950

11:19 AM | 22 Jun, 2022
Afghanistan earthquake death toll reaches 950
Source: WHO Afghanistan (Twitter)

KABUL – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 950 people and injured several others in east of Afghanistan early Wednesday.

Videos and pictures circulating on social media shows ruined homes, and people on stretchers in Paktika province.

The government officials feared that death toll could rise further as efforts are underway to rescue those buried under the rubble. They said that more than 150 people sustained injuries.

The earthquake struck about 44km from the Khost and its depth was recorded as 50.8 Kms while tremors were also felt in Pakistan and India. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has sympathised with families of those who lost their lives & livelihoods from the earthquake that affected some provinces of Afghanistan. 

“WHO Teams are on the ground to support immediate health needs, provide ambulance, medicines & trauma services & conduct needs assessment,” the global health body’s Afghanistan chapter said in a tweet.

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