BAccording to official figures, at least 255 people died late Tuesday (local time) in a violent earthquake in the Afghanistan / Pakistan border area. At least 155 others were injured in the earthquake in Paktika province, the state news agency Bakhtar reported on Wednesday. A spokesman for the ruling Taliban also spoke of dozens of homes destroyed in four affected districts of Pakistan’s neighboring province. Local media reported that one village was completely destroyed.
“We call on humanitarian organizations to provide immediate assistance to the victims of the earthquake in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe,” Kabul Government spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter on Wednesday.
Information from regional seismic stations initially fluctuated. The Pakistani authorities announced a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on Tuesday night (local time). 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.
According to Pakistani information, shocks have been felt in large parts of the country, in the capital Islamabad and even in Lahore in the east of the country. According to the civil protection authority, local rescue services were trying to gain access to the affected remote mountain region. The Pakistani side did not initially provide any information on the damage and casualties.