Media officials of the Afghan Taliban said the death toll from the powerful earthquake that hit Khost and Paktika provinces in southeastern Afghanistan reached 1000, and 1500 others were injured.
The Director of the Directorate of Culture and Information in Paktika province reported that at least 1000 people were killed, more than 1500 others injured, and many villages have been destroyed, urging the international media to provide aid in this humanitarian crisis.
“20 bodies have been pulled out from the rubble in the province of Khost,” the Director of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, Elias Khel Naseri said.
He pointed out that many details will be revealed later in light of the interruption of phone services due to the disaster.
The earthquakes extended to Kabul, the Afghan capital, as well as Islamabad and parts of Punjab province and border areas with Afghanistan.
The US Geological Survey indicated that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1, which took place 44 km from Khost province in southeastern the country, and was at a depth of 51 km.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) wrote Twitter that tremors were felt by about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India over a distance of approximately 500 km.