At least 255 deaths were caused by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday evening, on the border with Pakistan: a local government official told the BBC, underlining that more than 150 were injured. According to the Institute US geophysicist (Usgs) the quake was recorded 44 kilometers southwest of Khost, at a depth of 10 kilometers. The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center reports that the earthquake was felt in a radius of over 500 kilometers, not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan but also in India.
“We ask humanitarian agencies to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe”, tweeted the government spokesman, Bilal Karimi. Images disseminated on social media show houses destroyed and injured on stretchers in Paktika province.