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Afghanistan Powerful Quake Kills 1,000 People
Afghanistan Powerful Quake Kills 1,000 People

Afghanistan Powerful Quake Kills 1,000 People

Kabul, 22 Jun (ONA) --- A powerful earthquake today struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more in the country’s deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported. Local officials warned that the already grim toll may still rise.

In the remote area near the Pakistani border, residents searched for survivors and the dead.

The extent of the destruction among the villages tucked among the mountains was still not known. A UNICEF official said landslides from recent rains have made access difficult. At least 2,000 homes were destroyed in the region, where on average every home has seven or eight people living in it, the UN Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan Ramiz Alakbarov told reporters.

The 6.1 magnitude quake had its epicenter in Paktika province, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the city of Khost, according to neighboring Pakistan’s Meteorological Department. Experts put the depth at just 10 kilometers (6 miles) — another factor that could lead to severe destruction.

The European seismological agency said the earthquake’s tremors were felt over 500 kilometers (310 miles) by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

--- Ends/Khalid