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Earthquake wreaks havoc in eastern Afghanistan, over 250 killed hundreds injured; rescue ops on

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kabul/Afghanistan: Strong earthquake tremors were felt in India’s neighboring countries of Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan on Wednesday morning. The Richter scale earthquake in Afghanistan has been measured at 6.1. The BBC quoted a local official as saying that over 250 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in the devastating earthquake.

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The earthquake occurred about 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the south-eastern city of Khost. Reuters quoted the European Mediterranean Seismological Center as saying that the tremors were felt up to 500 kilometers away in Pakistan, as far as Pakistan and India.

The news agency’s director-general, Abdul Wahid Rayan, informed on Twitter that around 90 houses have been destroyed in Paktika and dozens are feared to be trapped under the debris. “A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of houses.” Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government,” tweeted. “We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe,” he added.

The tremors of the earthquake were felt in the densely populated eastern part of Afghanistan. Although the news agency Reuters has put the death toll at 130 and the number of injured is more than 250. At the same time, a local government official told the BBC that the death toll was likely to exceed 250 and a large number of people were injured. The earthquake occurred about 44 km from the south-eastern city of Kovst.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said the tremors were felt in more than 500 kilometers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. According to this, the tremors of the earthquake were also felt in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan and Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

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