Over 900 killed in Afghanistan earthquake | News from Germany about world events | DW

As a result of an earthquake in the east Afghanistan at least 920 people died. Another 600 people were injured, Deputy Disaster Minister Sharafuddin Muslim said on Wednesday, June 22.

The earthquake occurred last night at about 1.30 am local time on the border with Pakistan. Initially, 255 casualties and 500 casualties were reported in Paktika and Khost provinces. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.9. The epicenter was located 44 kilometers from the city of Khost, which is the administrative center of the province of the same name.

Earthquakes are a common occurrence in Afghanistan especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Due to the poor construction of many Afghan homes, earthquake damage is often catastrophic. At the same time, the organization of quick assistance to the victims is complicated by the lack of a sufficient number of rescue aircraft and helicopters. In addition, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is almost becoming more complicated due to the coming to power of radical Islamist movement “Taliban”The country lacks food and medicines, among other things.

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