A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck south-east Afghanistan killing at least 255 people, as reported by theguardian.
The quake struck early on Wednesday morning local time with its epicenter near the town of Khost south of the capital, Kabul, the US Geological Survey reported.
Notable quake, preliminary info: M 6.1 – 44 km SW of Khōst, Afghanistan https://t.co/4ORKfdDXIR— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) June 21, 2022
At least 255 people were killed and 155 others injured in the Barmala, Ziruk, Naka and Gayan districts of Paktika province, Afghanistan’s Bakhtar news agency said on Wednesday morning. Rescue teams were being helicoptered into the stricken areas.
Photographs on Afghan media and social media showed houses reduced to rubble.
At least 250 people have lost their lives after a powerful earthquake jolted #Afghanistan's Paktika province.— Hamza Azhar Salam (@HamzaAzhrSalam) June 22, 2022
Prayers for the victims of this horrendous tragedy. Sadly, the world has been quick to forget about #Afghans. #paktika #AfghanWomen #earthquake pic.twitter.com/Rcygdaq2OR