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Eastern Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 255 people

Eastern Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 255 people

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 255 people, authorities said.

Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6 temblor that struck Paktika province, nevertheless it comes while the international inhabitants mostly has left-hand Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country last year amid the chaotic withdrawal of the U.S. military from the longest war inside its history.

That probable will complicate some reassurance efforts for this country of 38 million people.

The state-run Bakhtar report agency reported the demise toll accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said rescuers were arriving by helicopter. The report agency's director-general, Abdul Wahid Rayan, wrote on Twitter that 90 houses have been destroyed inside Paktika accompanied by every one one other accompanied by dozens of people are believed trapped under the rubble.

Footage from Paktika province near the Pakistan border showed victims actuality carried into helicopters to exist airlifted from the area. Images widely circulating online from the province showed destroyed stone houses, accompanied by residents picking into with every one other accompanied by not here of clay bricks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other rubble.

Bakhtar posted footage of a resident receiving IV fluids from a malleable chair outer external outside the rubble of his place of residence accompanied by every one one other accompanied by others sprawled on gurneys.

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"A severe earthquake shook quartet districts of Paktika province, killing accompanied by every one one other accompanied by injuring hundreds of our countrymen accompanied by every one one other accompanied by destroying dozens of houses," Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesperson for the Taliban government, separately wrote on Twitter. "We encourage all assistance agencies to dispatch teams to the area unswerving away to place an extremity to further catastrophe."

In neighboring Khost province, authorities believed there are excessively dozens injured accompanied by every one one other accompanied by deceased inside the earthquake while well, Rayan said.

Neighboring Pakistan's Meteorological Department place the earthquake at a magnitude 6.1. Tremors were felt inside the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by somewhere else inside the eastern Punjab province. Some faraway areas of Pakistan saw reports of injury to homes near the Afghan border, nevertheless it wasn't unswerving away understandable if that was due to rainfall or the earthquake, said Taimoor Khan, a catastrophe management spokesperson inside the area.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif inside a statement offered his condolences over the earthquake, saying his nation will provide assist to the Afghan people.

The European seismological agency, EMSC, said the earthquake's tremors were felt over 500 kilometers (310 miles) by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan accompanied by every one one other accompanied by India.

Mountainous Afghanistan accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the larger neighbourhood of South Asia down the Hindu Kush mountains, where the Indian tectonic bowl collides accompanied by the Eurasian bowl to the north, has lengthy been inside danger to devastating earthquakes. Poor building for homes, hospitals accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other buildings place them at chance of collapse inside earthquakes, while landslides convey on accompanied by to exist usual across the mountains of Afghanistan.

In 2015, a greatest earthquake that struck the country's northeast killed over 200 people inside Afghanistan accompanied by every one one other accompanied by neighboring northern Pakistan. A similar 6.1 earthquake inside 2002 killed concerning 1,000 people inside northern Afghanistan. And inside 1998, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake accompanied by every one one other accompanied by subsequent tremors inside Afghanistan's faraway northeast killed at least 4,500 people.

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Associated Press writers Rahim Faiez accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Munir Ahmed inside Islamabad accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Jon Gambrell accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Isabel DeBre inside Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

Eastern Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 255 people

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