At least 1,000 people were killed in a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Additionally, more than 600 people were injured by the quake, which, according to the US Geological Survey (USGC), is about 44 km from Khost, a town near the Pakistani border.
Reports and photographs from news agencies showed buildings reduced to rubble and injured people being taken care of and airlifted by helicopters. With entire villages razed, images also show people draping them in blankets for protection, rescuing those trapped under the rubble.
— Bakhtar News Agency (@BakhtarNA) 22 June 2022
A video shared by Reuters news agency also showed several people covered in blankets and airlifted from quake-hit areas.
#watch , A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has killed 950 people and injured more than 600 in Afghanistan.
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— ANI (@ANI) 22 June 2022
In addition to rescuing the injured, helicopters were also being used to fly in medical supplies and food, said Salahuddin Ayubi, an interior ministry official.
The death toll as well as the number of injured is expected to rise further as information comes from remote villages located in the mountains, the agency said.
Confirming the death toll, Paktika’s director of information and culture, Mohamed Amin Hozaifa, told Reuters: “1,000 dead, 1,500 injured, and this number could rise, with many families lost. The injured have been taken to Kabul and Gardez.”
Most of the deaths have occurred in the eastern province of Paktika. While 255 people died in Paktika, while more than 200 were injured. Khost, on the other hand, saw 25 dead and 90 wounded.
Wednesday’s earthquake has been described as the worst earthquake since 2002.