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Video: Injured villagers taken to hospitals by air after earthquake in Afghanistan


New Delhi:

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Afghanistan killed at least 1,000 people on Wednesday. In addition, more than 600 people were injured in the quake, which, according to the US Geological Survey (USGC), struck about 44 km from Khost, a city near the Pakistani border.

Reports and photos by news agencies show buildings reduced to rubble and people with injuries being cared for in helicopters and transported by air. With entire villages leveled to the ground, images also show how people rescue those trapped under the rubble, and wrap them in blankets for safety.

A video shared by Reuters news agency also shows several people being covered in blankets and being transported by air from the earthquake-stricken areas.

In addition to rescuing injured people, helicopters are also being used to fly in medical supplies and food, Interior Ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi told Reuters.

The death toll, as well as the number of people injured, is expected to rise further as information from remote villages enters the mountains, the agency added.

To confirm the death toll, Paktika’s information and culture director Mohammad Amin Hozaifa told Reuters: “1,000 dead, 1,500 injured, and this number could rise, many families are lost. Injured people have gone to Kabul and Gardez taken.”

Most of the deaths were reported in the eastern province of Paktika. While Paktika saw as many as 255 deaths, more than 200 were injured. Khost, on the other hand, saw 25 dead and 90 injured.

Wednesday’s earthquake is reportedly the deadliest since 2002.

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