- Death toll likely to go up after magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks remote parts of eastern Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.
At least 155 people have been killed and more than 200 others injured after a powerful earthquake hit remote parts of southeastern Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, the country’s disaster management authority says.
The head of the Taliban administration’s natural disaster ministry, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, said the majority of deaths were in the province of Paktika, where 100 people were killed and 250 injured.
Another 25 people were killed in Khost and five in Nangarhar province, he said, adding that investigations were being conducted to determine if there were more casualties.
Photographs on Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Pakistan.
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck about 44km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, at a depth of 51km (31 miles), the US Geological Survey said on Wednesday.
The death toll is likely to rise, media reports said.
- News Agencies