Crews Dig for Victims After Earthquake Kills Hundreds in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban government said at least 1,000 people were killed and hundreds were injured after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern Paktika and Khost provinces on Tuesday night, June 21.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed across the Paktika districts of Gyan, Naki, Barmal, and Ziruk, and the Khost district of Spera, according to the country’s national disaster management agency (NDMA). Most of the deaths were recorded in Paktika province, they said.

This footage from Bakhtar News Agency, which said it was shot in Paktika province, shows “Islamic Emirate forces and civilians” digging through rubble to remove a victim.

A government spokesman said multiple agencies had responded to the quake, with efforts being led by the NDMA. Financial aid was being made available to victims, officials said.

The Taliban also called for help from “the international community, charities, and humanitarian agencies.” Credit: Bakhtar News Agency via Storyful

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