Afghanistan earthquake: More than 950 killed and 600 injuredJune 22, 2022
An earthquake near the city of Khōst in south-east Afghanistan has killed nearly a thousand people and injured hundreds
22 June 2022
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Afghanistan has killed nearly a thousand people and injured hundreds.
The quake occurred today about 46 kilometres south-west of the south-eastern city of Khōst, with the US Geological Survey recording the event at 10 kilometres below ground.
Officials have reported at least 950 people dead and said more than 600 have been injured. A Taliban spokesperson tweeted that authorities had been instructed to provide food, clothing and medicine to people affected, and said an emergency meeting was held to coordinate the response.
Afghanistan is regularly hit by earthquakes, with an active fault line in the east where the India tectonic plate moves northward and collides with the Eurasia plate. Today’s event was the deadliest since 2002, and was reported as being felt in the capital Kabul too.
While sanctions imposed since the Taliban returned to power last year have hit the country and limited aid operations, the Afghan Red Crescent was reported to be on the ground to help people affected by the disaster. Hugo Shorter, a UK diplomat, said the UK government “stands ready to support Afghanistan as needed”.
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