Afghanistan: 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills more than 100 in southeast Afghanistan

Rachita Salian
Rachita Salian
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Terrible! An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck southern Afghanistan overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, killing more than one hundred people, according to Bilal Karimi, the deputy government spokesman for Afghanistan, who talked with AFP about the tragedy.

He indicated that more than one hundred people had been killed as a consequence of the earthquake, and he added that many homes had been destroyed, with others still being trapped inside them. He said that the earthquake had caused numerous homes to collapse.

In the final tweet that was sent out by a representative of the organization, she added, “We appeal to relief groups to offer timely support to the victims of the earthquake to avert a humanitarian tragedy.”

In an earlier statement, Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, the director of communication and culture for the province of Paktia, stated that “forty persons were slain and sixty others were injured although the toll may be larger.” “There is a good chance that the death toll will be greater,” he continued (southeast).

Afghanistan is frequently affected

The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.9 and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers on Wednesday at 1 a.m., took place particularly close to the border with Pakistan at a depth of 10 kilometers, as reported by the American Seismological Institute (ASI) (USGS).

Images that were uploaded throughout social media platforms revealed houses that had been destroyed and were lying on the streets of a neighborhood.

The Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan, which is located on the border between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, is a very active earthquake zone throughout the entirety of the country of Afghanistan.

Because of their frail and rickety structure, homes in rural regions of Afghanistan are especially prone to the devastation that can be caused by natural disasters.

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