Death toll from Pakistan, Afghanistan quake rises to 21


Islamabad — The death toll from the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that struck much of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan earlier this week rose to 21 on Thursday after eight more deaths were reported in remote areas, officials say. person said.

Ten people have died in Afghanistan and 11 in Pakistan after an earthquake rattled through the South Asian region late Tuesday. .

Most of the damage was reported in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan.

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Rescue workers unload an earthquake victim from an ambulance at a hospital in Saidu Sharif, a town in Swat Valley, Pakistan, March 21, 2023. (Naveed Ali/AP Photo)

Taliban spokesman Shafirah Rahimi said the quake killed 10 people and injured 60. He said 800 homes were damaged across Afghanistan.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the magnitude-6.5 quake was 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-southeast of Yurum District in Afghanistan’s mountainous Hindu Kush region, which borders Pakistan and Tajikistan. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 188 kilometers (116 miles) below the surface.

This area is prone to catastrophic changes due to severe earthquakes. In 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed thousands in Pakistan and sparked a dispute over the divided Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.