At least 19 dead, more than 200 injured in Afghanistan-Pakistan earthquake

Foreign news agencies reported on March 22, 2023 that a 6.5-magnitude earthquake occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 21. in the northeastern area of ​​Afghanistan As a result, a number of houses were damaged, many landslides occurred. And caused people to run from the building to the streets in panic.

The epicenter was at a depth of 187.6 km far from Jerm. In Badakhshan province, just 40km away, the quake was felt in a radius of over 1,000km, covering India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. , Pakistan and Turkmenistan

The earthquake came as many families were out of their homes to celebrate the Persian New Year. Also known as ‘Nowruz’ (Nowruz), however, 10 bodies were reported to have died in Afghanistan. including a child in the border province of Laghman, while nine were killed in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Afghan officials said the quake struck in a remote mountainous area. This may cause a delay in collecting damage or death information. and may affect rescue operations Emergency officials in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said the damage so far was lower than expected.

The worst-hit area was the Swat district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the main road was cut off by landslides. part of Islamabad capital city of pakistan Authorities had to evacuate a multi-storey residential building. due to large cracks While the phone signal was out in both countries.

Many people in the affected areas have to sleep outdoors in the cold. The temperature is almost freezing. for fear that the aftershock will follow

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