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The dead rise to 13 and 230 injured after earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan

At least 13 people died and 230 were injured in Afghanistan and Pakistanofficial sources from both countries stated this Wednesday, one day after a earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hit the Afghan Hindu Kush.

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In Afghanistan, “so far 4 people have died and another 70 were injured” by the earthquake, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health of the interim government of the Taliban, Sharafat Zaman Amar, told the media.

According to the source, among the deceased in the provinces of Laghman (east) and Takhar (north) is a minor, while the injuries occurred in various parts of the country.

The effects of the earthquake were also felt in Pakistan, where at least 9 people died and 56 were injured in the northeastern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority, Taimoor Ali, told EFE.

Among the deceased are two children, two women and five men from the earthquake, which also caused partial damage to at least 26 houses in the province, the official said.

In total, the quake left 160 injured across the country, a spokesman for the provincial Disaster Management authority told Pakistani television Geo TV.

The earthquake was recorded at 10:17 p.m. local time (4:47 p.m. GMT) yesterday, with an epicenter about 40 kilometers from the town of Jurm, in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, near the Hindu Kush mountain range, according to the United States Geological Survey. (USGS).

The Afghan Hindu Kush area is a center of great seismic activity and a common point of origin for telluric movements in the region.

At the end of last June, a similar earthquake of magnitude 5.9 in the eastern provinces of Paktika and Khost, bordering Pakistan, caused the death of more than a thousand people and injured some 1,500, in addition to the destruction of hundreds of houses.

The country also suffered one of the largest earthquake disasters in 1998 in the north of the country, when in February two earthquakes of magnitude 5.9 and 6 caused the death of some 4,000 people. A few months later, at the end of May, another earthquake of magnitude 7 shook the area again, causing some 5,000 deaths.

Source: Elcomercio

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