Death toll from Afghanistan earthquake reaches 1,000: official

KABUL, June 22, 2022 (AFP) –  The death toll from an overnight earthquake in Afghanistan has reached at least 1,000, an official from one of the worst-hit provinces said Wednesday.

“The number is increasing. People are digging grave after grave,” Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, head of the Information and Culture Department in Paktika, said in a message to journalists.

More than 1000 people were killed and over 1500 others injured in Tuesday night’s #earthquake in #Gayan and #Barmal district of #Paktika province alone, Head of Information and Culture Department of the province told BNA.
The death toll is likely to rise, he added.

— Bakhtar News Agency (@BakhtarNA) June 22, 2022

This photograph taken on June 22, 2022 and received as a courtesy of the Afghan government-run Bakhtar News Agency shows a member of the Afghan Red Crescent Society giving medical treatment to a victim following an earthquake in Afghanistan’s Gayan district, Paktika province. – A powerful earthquake struck a remote border region of Afghanistan overnight killing at least 920 people and injuring hundreds more, officials said on June 22, with the toll expected to rise as rescuers dig through collapsed dwellings. (Photo by Bakhtar News Agency / AFP)



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