Hundreds reportedly killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan : NPR

Hundreds reportedly killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan : NPR




In this image taken from video from Bakhtar State News Agency, Taliban fighters obtain a government helicopter to evacuate injured people in Gayan district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. An earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at the minimum 255 people, authorities said.

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In this image taken from video from Bakhtar State News Agency, Taliban fighters obtain a government helicopter to evacuate injured people in Gayan district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. An earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at the minimum 255 people, authorities said.

Bakhtar State News Agency via AP

Hundreds of people have been buried under rubble and many feared dead –– after a powerful earthquake shook parts of eastern Afghanistan and nearby Pakistan.

The Taliban’s state-run news agency says more than 250 people have been killed. It was not possible to closest confirm that number, because the earthquake hit far away areas.

The hardest hit areas were far away farming villages in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. Authorities had to dispatch rescue workers by helicopter to dig people out.

A video shared by the news agency featured a man pointing at homes around him in the early light. He says: there’s five people buried under that house; 6 people under that house; there’s 13 dead bodies under that building.

Another man in a nearby province told NPR they were hearing reports that dozens of people had been buried under their homes – and were feared dead – in other far away villages near the Pakistani border.

The earthquake comes as a hunger crisis grips Afghanistan: around half the population of 40 million people need food aid to avid starvation, and the U.N. reports that nearly 95% of Afghans are not eating enough.

Another enormous earthquake before hit the country in 2015, where more than 300 people died and more than 2,000 were injured.

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