Afghan quake

Updated November 27th, 2023 at 23:49 IST

In pics: Afghanistan struggles after powerful earthquake wreaks havoc, claims over 2,000 lives

Powerful earthquakes killed at least 2,000 people in western Afghanistan, but the casualties figure is expected to rise, according to a Taliban spokesperson.

Reported by: Digital Desk

1/10: A powerful 6.3 magnitude struck western Afghanistan, flattening homes, and reducing villages into rubble./ Image: AP

2/10: Figures couldn’t be independently verified, but the toll would eclipse compared to an earthquake that hit the eastern Afghanistan in June 2022./ Image: AP

3/10: Saturday’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit a far more densely populated area, near Afghanistan’s fourth largest city, Herat. It was followed by strong aftershocks./ Image: AP

4/10: US Geological Survey said that the quake’s epicenter was about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Herat city./ Image: AP

5/10: After the quake, the Afghans attempted to dig out dead and injured with their hands in Herat, clambering over rocks and debris./ Image: AP

6/10: Frantic people pulled out a baby girl from a collapsed building./ Image: AP

7/10: As villages and homes were destroyed, Abdul Wahid Rayan, a spokesman at the Ministry of Information and Culture, said that the death toll is higher than reported./ Image: AP

8/10: United Nations migration agency deployed four ambulances with doctors and psychosocial support counselors to the regional hospital./ Image: AP

9/10: Irfanullah Sharafzai, a spokesman for the Afghan Red Crescent Society, said seven teams were busy with rescue efforts./ Image: AP

10/10: Besides the 2,060 dead, 1,240 people are injured and 1,320 houses are completely destroyed, Taliban spokesperson said./ Image: AP

Published November 27th, 2023 at 23:49 IST