Hundreds of people have been buried under rubble, and many feared dead – after a powerful earthquake shook parts of eastern Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.
The Taliban’s state-run news agency says more than 250 people have been killed. It was not possible to immediately confirm that figure because the earthquake hit remote areas.
The hardest hit areas were remote agricultural villages in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. Authorities had to send rescue workers by helicopter to dig people out.
A video shared by the news agency showed a man pointing to homes around him in the early light. He says: there are five people buried under that house; 6 people under that house; there are 13 dead under that building.
Another man in a nearby province told NPR that they heard reports that dozens of people had been buried under their homes – and were feared dead – in other remote villages near the Pakistani border.
The earthquake comes as a famine crisis grips Afghanistan: About half of the population of 40 million – need food aid to stave off hunger.
Hundreds reported killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan: NPR
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