Kabul (The Times Groupe)- More than 1,000 people have died and nearly 1,600 have been injured in a deadly earthquake in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday. paktika
“More than 1000 people were killed and over 1500 others injured in Paktika province,” the Head of Information and Culture Department of the province told state-run Bakhtar News Agency.
As rescue operations continue in the Gayan and Barmal districts of the province in Afghanistan, the death toll could rise.
Currently, 29 people have died and 95 have been injured in Khost province, bringing the total number of deaths to 1029 and 1,595 injuries.
After last night’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake, hundreds of houses were destroyed in Paktika and Khost provinces.
At least 218 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in Giani district alone, according to Maulvi Sharafuddin Muslim, deputy minister of state for disaster management.
Khost and Paktika, two eastern border provinces, were shook by earthquakes last night, causing massive damage.
The death toll could rise as dozens of people are in critical condition, according to Afghan officials.
“I have tragic reports from my native Paktika province, where hundreds of people are killed and wounded in the devastating earthquakes. The homes are destroyed, and people are under the rubbles,” Khalid Zadran, a police spokesman in the capital Kabul, said in a tweet.
“Aid teams from Kabul have reached the area and rescue work is underway. All aid organizations should direct their aid to Paktika,” he added.
Quake-hit areas have also requested immediate assistance from Taliban officials.
Last night’s devastating earthquake was captured in videos and photos circulating on social media.