Over 250 killed in Afghanistan earthquake
Kabul, 22 June (H.S.). More than 250 people were killed in a powerful earthquake that struck Paktika, Afghanistan’s eastern region on Wednesday. The magnitude of the earthquake was measured at 6.1 on the Richter scale. It is reported that the tremors of the earthquake were felt in Pakistan as well.
According to eyewitnesses, strong tremors of the earthquake were felt in the entire area. local media
According to reports, at least 255 people have lost their lives in this earthquake so far. The magnitude of the earthquake was measured at 6.1 on the Richter scale.
Afghanistan’s disaster management officials have said on the basis of preliminary information that most of the destruction caused by this earthquake has happened in Paktika. Mohammad Nasim Haqqani, the head of the Taliban’s administration’s disaster management authority, says relief and rescue operations have been launched in the affected areas on a war footing.
According to disaster management officials, the death toll may increase. Apart from this, about 150 people are reported to be injured. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was about 44 km from the city of Khost in Afghanistan and at a depth of 51 km.
Tolo News quoted local officials as saying that a large number of houses were destroyed in the quake. People trapped in the rubble are being rescued.
Earlier on Tuesday, earthquake tremors were felt in Pakistan too. An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude occurred here at 2:24 pm. It is a matter of relief that no loss of life and property has been reported in Pakistan. Apart from this, earthquake tremors were also felt in Malaysia late in the night. The magnitude of the earthquake was 5.1 here.