50 people injured and killed by last night’s earthquake


KABUL (SW) – Officials of the Ministry of Disaster Management say that last night’s earthquake has caused financial losses in several provinces of the country as well as personal losses.

In a video clip sent to the media, the spokesman of the ministry, Shafiullah Rahimi, said that more than 50 people have died and been injured in the country due to the earthquake.

The spokesman added that according to their preliminary information, the said earthquake shook Khost, Paktika, Paktia, Takhar, Samangan, Kunduz, Laghman, Badakhshan and a number of other provinces in addition to Kabul.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Disaster Management also said in the said video clip that 63 houses were destroyed due to the earthquake and a number of animals were also lost.

The Ministry has also requested the international aid organizations to provide emergency aid to the affected areas due to the earthquake and prevent more human losses.

“All the provincial departments have been instructed to coordinate with the leadership of the provinces to send response teams to the affected areas along with the survey and to use all the possibilities to reach the victims.”

Shafiullah Rahimi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Disaster Management, has also called on the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and other institutions not to politicize aid and to maintain their aid to the poor and vulnerable Afghans.

Based on the data of the US Seismological Center, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit a number of regions of Tajikistan, India and Pakistan, including Afghanistan, last night.

It said that the epicenter of the earthquake was Yamgan district of Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, with a depth of 178 kilometers.