The death toll after an earthquake in eastern Afghanistan rose to more than 1,000 on Wednesday. At least 1,500 people were injured in the quake overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Many people died and were injured, especially in Paktika province, disaster relief chief Mohammad Nassim Haqqani said. Local authorities say the death toll could rise. Media on the ground say they have counted hundreds of bodies.
The earthquake is the deadliest since 2002. The epicenter is located 44 kilometers from the city of Khost, in the southeast.
The UN says Afghanistan has made a request for help with the rescue efforts. Several humanitarian teams are said to be on the way. Since the takeover of the Taliban, Afghanistan has suffered from numerous economic sanctions, but humanitarian aid, among others, from the UN has remained.
According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), 119 million people in neighboring Pakistan were able to feel the quake. There are currently no reports of casualties or damage from this country.
In January, Afghanistan was rocked by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. At least 26 people were killed. The country continues to struggle with severe famine and poverty.