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Afghanistan quake: Many children feared dead in disaster

Jun 23, 2022 10:33 pm

More than 1,000 people died in the disaster, and heavy rain, threadbare resources and rugged terrain are hampering rescue workers.

Unknown numbers were buried in the rubble of ruined, often mud-built homes by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

One woman in hospital in Paktika province told reporters she had lost 19 family members.

"Seven in one room, five in another, four in another, then three in another, have all been killed in my family," she said from her bed.

By Wednesday night Taliban officials said search and rescue operations had finished in most places, although in remoter areas some continued still.

The Taliban authorities have called for more international aid.

Most of the casualties found so far have been in the Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika. Locals report dozens of villages collapsed.

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