KABUL: At least 250 people were killed in Afghanistan, scores injured after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake jolted the country on Wednesday, BBC reported Wednesday.
The majority of confirmed deaths in the province of Paktika, where 100 people killed and 250 injured, said Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, the head of the Taliban administration’s disaster management authority.
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Deaths also reported in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Khost, he added, as authorities check for further casualties.
The quake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan and was at a depth of 51km (31 miles), according to the USGS.
Al Jazeera’s Ali Latifi, reporting from Kabul, said authorities are reporting at least 100 houses have destroyed.
“Authorities have brought in helicopters and calling for aid agencies to come in. But it’s a remote area and harder to reach,” he said.
Shaking felt over a range of some 500km (310 miles) by about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said in a tweet.
It felt in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul as well as Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. According to witness accounts posted on the EMSC website and by users on Twitter.
“Strong and long jolts,” one witness posted on EMSC from Kabul. “It strong,” another witness posted from Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan.