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Earthquake kills at least 255 in Afghanistan — Analysis

Bakhtar, the official news agency of the Taliban government has reported that at least 255 people were killed in Afghanistan’s earthquake on Wednesday morning.

The US Geological Survey (USGS), has stated that the epicenter was approximately 44km (27 miles) away from Khost, a city in the southeast. It is located at a depth 51km (31miles). It also affected areas of Pakistan.

Paktika in Afghanistan is where most deaths and destruction are reported. Bakhtar claims that there were at least 255 deaths and another 155 injuries.

Local officials warned that death rates could increase if Kabul doesn’t receive help.

Photos from the region on social media show homes reduced to rubble due to the earthquakes.

“A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of houses,”Bilal Karimi was a Twitter account that Bilal Karimi wrote as a spokesperson for the Taliban government. “We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe.”

An earlier report by emergency services stated that there were fatalities in neighboring Nangarhar, Khost and Khost.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre(EMSC) reported that around 119 million people experienced shockwaves in India and Afghanistan. Witnesses reported tremors in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, and Islamabad, Pakistan.

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