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130 Killed, Houses Reduced To Rubble As 6.1 Earthquake Hits Afghanistan

Afghanistan quake: Deaths have been additionally reported in Nangarhar and Khost, stated an official.

Kabul:

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed not less than 130 folks in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, an official stated, including that not less than 250 folks have been injured and checks have been being carried out to see if the casualty toll would possibly rise.

The quake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the town of Khost, close to the Pakistani border, at a depth of 51 km, the US Geological Survey stated.

“Strong and long jolts,” a resident of the Afghan capital, Kabul, posted on a the web site of the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

“It was strong,” stated a resident of the northwestern Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar.

Shaking was felt by about 119 million folks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, the EMSC stated on Twitter.

Photographs on Afghan media confirmed homes lowered to rubble.

The head of the Taliban administration’s pure catastrophe ministry, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, stated the vast majority of deaths have been within the province of Paktika, the place 100 folks have been killed and 250 injured.

Another 25 folks have been killed in Khost and 5 in Nangarhar province, he stated, including that investigations have been being carried out to find out if there have been extra casualties.

There have been no rapid stories of harm or casualties in Pakistan.

The catastrophe comes as Afghanistan has been enduring a extreme financial disaster because the Taliban took over August, as US-led worldwide forces have been withdrawing after 20 years of battle.

In response to the Taliban takeover, many governments have imposed sanctions on Afghanistan’s banking sector and reduce billions of {dollars} value of growth help.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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