Afghanistan: At least 255 dead in strong earthquake

Status: 22.06.2022 09:45

According to official figures, at least 255 people died in a strong earthquake in the Afghan-Pakistani border area. At least 155 others were injured in the earthquake in Paktika province.

A strong earthquake struck Afghanistan in the border area with Pakistan late Tuesday night. At least 255 people have been killed, according to the Afghan state news agency Bakhtar. Dozens of houses destroyed in four affected districts in Paktika province also spoke in the morning about the ruling Taliban authorities. Local media reported that the village was completely destroyed.

Helicopter rescuers are heading to the scene of the accident. “We call on humanitarian organizations to provide immediate assistance to earthquake victims to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe,” Kabul Government spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter.

“Second earthquake said to have occurred”, Sibylle Licht, ARD New Delhi, now Kabul

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Various indications of strength

Earthquake strength information varies. While the Pakistani authorities gave magnitudes 6.1, the US Earthquake Monitor (USGS) reported a magnitude of 5.9 and a slightly weaker aftershock. Accordingly, the center of the earthquake was about 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost near the border with Pakistan at a depth of about ten kilometers.

The tremors were also felt in Pakistan and India

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center has reported that 119 million people within 500 kilometers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have felt the force of the earthquake. According to Pakistani sources, the tremors could be felt in the capital Islamabad and even in Lahore in the east of the country.

A strong earthquake occurred in the Afghan-Pakistani border region of Paktika. The center of the earthquake was 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost.

Panic broke out in some places, but according to initial information, nothing was known about the damage or injuries in Pakistan. According to the civil protection authority, local rescue services were trying to gain access to the affected remote mountain region.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has issued a statement expressing his condolences over the earthquake, stating that his country will provide assistance to the Afghan people.

Earthquakes in the region are not uncommon

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Afghanistan, especially in the Hindu Kush mountains. The damage is often devastating due to the poor structure of many Afghan houses.

In addition, after the Taliban took power in the summer of 2021 and the withdrawal of Western troops, the international community largely withdrew from Afghanistan. Since then, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated catastrophically. There is a shortage of food and medicine. These factors could make earthquake rescue operations significantly more difficult.

More than 250 people died after a strong earthquake in Afghanistan

Peter Hornung, ARD New Delhi, 6/22/2022 8:03 AM

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