Afghanistan earthquake live news: Hundreds killed in major tremor. Source: AL JAZEERA (More devastation for the people left reeling from the US and Western retreat last August and the re-emergence to power of the Taliban).

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Afghanistan earthquake live news: Hundreds killed in major tremor

Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in 20 years kills 1,000 and injures 1,500 people in the provinces of Paktika and Khost.

Afghans look at destruction caused by an earthquake in the province of Paktika, eastern Afghanistan
An earthquake has devastated the province of Paktika, eastern Afghanistan [Bakhtar News Agency/AP]

By Federica Marsi and Hamza Mohamed

Published On 22 Jun 2022

  • At least 1,000 people have been killed and more than 600 injured after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked remote parts of southeastern Afghanistan.
  • Some 130 injured people have been transferred to hospitals, according to the United Nations.
  • Authorities say hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the underdeveloped region.
  • Tremors could be felt in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran, where there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
INTERACTIVE_AFGHANISTAN_EARTHQUAKE_JUNE22_2022-UPDATED 1700 GMT

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The US State Department says it is not aware of any request for American assistance from Afghanistan’s Taliban government after Wednesday’s earthquake.

The United States expects the humanitarian response to the disaster to be a topic of conversation between Taliban and US officials in the coming days, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters.


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UN chief ‘saddened’ by Afghanistan earthquake

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he was “saddened” by the deadly earthquake that hit eastern Afghanistan.

“I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake,” Guterres said.

“My heart goes out to the people of Afghanistan who are already reeling from the impact of years of conflict, economic hardship and hunger. I convey my deep condolences to the families of the victims and wish speedy recovery to the injured,” he added.

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