A powerful earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing 11 people
On Tuesday, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook much of Pakistan and Afghanistan, sending worried residents escaping their homes and offices and terrifying people into remote villages. Officials said Wednesday that at least nine people died in Pakistan and two in Afghanistan.
According to Bilal Faizi, a spokesman for Pakistan’s emergency services, more than 200 individuals were taken to hospitals in the Swat valley and elsewhere in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in a state of shock.
According to Faizi, some of these terrified people passed out from the shock of the earthquake, and the majority of them were later discharged from the hospital.
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Roofs collapsed in various parts of northwestern Pakistan, according to Faizi and other officials. The earthquake, which was felt in neighboring Tajikistan as well as Afghanistan, caused dozens of other people to suffer injuries. The earthquake caused landslides in some mountainous areas, causing traffic disruptions.
Five men, two women, and two children were among the nine people killed in northwest Pakistan.
At least 19 mudbrick homes collapsed in remote areas, according to Taimoor Khan, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority in the northwest. “We’re still gathering data on the damage,” he said. This Wednesday.
Many people in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, fled their homes and places of business as a result of the strong tremors, some while reciting verses from the Quran, the holy book of Islam. According to media reports, cracks have appeared in some city apartment buildings.
According to Sharafat Zaman Amar, the Taliban’s appointed spokesman for the public health ministry, at least two people have died and around 20 others have been injured in Afghanistan’s earthquake.
“Unfortunately, there’s a possibility of additional casualties as the quake was so powerful in most parts of the country,” Zaman said, adding that all hospitals and health facilities are ready to save people’s lives.
The scene was repeated throughout Afghanistan, including Kabul.
Shafiullah Azimi, a resident of Kabul, described the earthquake as “so powerful and terrifying that we thought houses were collapsing on us.”
Another resident of Kabul, 45-year-old Aziz Ahmad, said, “In my life, this was the first time I had experienced such a powerful earthquake, and everyone was terrified.” He added that he and all of his neighbors had spent hours outside their homes due to aftershock fears.
The epicenter of the magnitude 6.5 earthquake was 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-southeast of Jurm in Afghanistan’s mountainous Hindukush region, bordering Pakistan and Tajikistan, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake occurred 188 kilometers (116 miles) beneath the Earth’s surface, causing widespread damage.
In a statement, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said he had asked disaster management officials to be prepared for any situation.
The Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan has ordered all health centers to be on standby, according to Zabihullah Mujahid, the main spokesman for the Taliban government in Afghanistan.
The area is prone to violent earthquakes. In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake killed thousands of people in Pakistan and Kashmir.
Pakistan is still reeling from the effects of last summer’s devastating floods, which killed 1,739 people. Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan was one of the areas affected by floods worsened by climate change.