At least 250 dead and hundreds injured in earthquake in Afghanistan

At least 255 people were killed in last night’s earthquake in Afghanistan, the national Bakhtar news agency reports. According to the same source, at least 155 people were injured in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Paktika province, on the border with Pakistan. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred at a depth of 10 km at 1 a.m. Wednesday (0430 GMT), according to the American Seismological Institute (USGS).

The BBC also indicates that the earthquake would have killed more than 250 people.

“We call on aid agencies to provide immediate assistance to the victims of the earthquake in order to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” government spokesman Bilal Karimi tweeted.

Photos posted on social media showed collapsed houses in the streets of a village.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain range which lies at the junction between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates. These disasters can be particularly devastating due to the weak resilience of rural Afghan homes.

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