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In the early hours of this Wednesday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake causing the death of at least 1,000 people in Afghanistan, according to information from those responsible for disaster management in the country. Photos published in Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble and bodies covered in sheets on the ground.

Helicopters were deployed in the rescue efforts to reach the wounded and transport medical supplies and food, said a head of the Ministry of the Interior, Salahuddin Ayubi. “The death toll is likely to rise as some of the villages are in remote areas in the mountains and it will probably take some time to collect details,” Ayubi added.

Wednesday’s earthquake, the deadliest since 2002, occurred about 44 kilometers from the city of Jostin the southeast of the country, near the border with Pakistanaccording to him United States Geological Survey (USGC). “Most of the confirmed deaths occurred in the eastern province of Paktiká, where 255 people appeared and more than 200 were injured,” Ayubi explained.

In Khost province, 25 people turned up and 90 were taken to hospital. Haibatullah Akhundzada, taliban supreme leader in power, offered his condolences in a statement. Mounting a rescue operation could be a major test for the Taliban, who took control of the country in August and have been deprived of much international aid due to sanctions, Reuters reported.

The country’s authorities are also dealing with recent flooding in many regions, which, according to the disaster agency, has caused 11 deaths, 50 injuries and blocked stretches of roads. In January, an earthquake rocked western Afghanistan, killing more than 20 people.

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