A powerful earthquake struck a rural, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border early Wednesday, killing 1,000 and injuring over 1,500 people, authorities said. Officials warned the death toll would likely rise.
Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6.1 temblor that damaged buildings in Khost and Paktika provinces. Rescue efforts are likely to be complicated since many international aid agencies left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the country last year and the chaotic withdrawal of the U.S. military from the longest war in its history.
“Unfortunately, last night there was a severe earthquake in four districts of Paktika province, which killed and injured hundreds of our countrymen and destroyed dozens of houses. We appeal to all emergency agencies to send teams to this area to prevent further devastation,” government spokesman Bilal Karimi tweeted.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake also struck Pakistan. At present, there is no news regarding the loss of life and property. According to Geo News, an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck parts of Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa early Wednesday. Tremors of the earthquake were felt in many places including Islamabad, Multan, Bhakar, Falia, Peshawar, Malakand, Swat, Mianwali, Pakpattan and Buner.