More than 1,000 people killed after earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan

June 22, 2022 at 23:16

(CNN) Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in decades on Wednesday when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the country's east, killing more than 1,000 people and wounding many more, according to a regional official.
People queue up in a line to donate blood for the earthquake victims being treated at a hospital in Paktika, Afghanistan.
People queue up in a line to donate blood for the earthquake victims being treated at a hospital in Paktika, Afghanistan.
Taliban guards outside the district hospital where victims of the earthquake were brought in Paktia, Afghanistan.
Taliban guards outside the district hospital where victims of the earthquake were brought in Paktia, Afghanistan.
An injured victim of the earthquake receives treatment at a hospital in Paktia, Afghanistan.
An injured victim of the earthquake receives treatment at a hospital in Paktia, Afghanistan.
Most of the deaths were in Paktika province, in the districts of Giyan, Nika, Barmal and Zirok, according to the State Ministry for Disaster Management.
In this photo released by state-run news agency Bakhtar, Afghans evacuate the wounded following the quake in Paktika province, eastern Afghanistan.
Photos from Paktika province, just south of Khost province, show houses turned to rubble with only a wall or two still standing amid the rubble, and broken roof beams.
"Deeply grieved to learn about the earthquake in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of innocent lives," he wrote.
In 2015, a quake that shook parts of South Asia killed more than 300 people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
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