Authorities say an earthquake slammed eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 155 people.
The magnitude 6 quake that rocked Paktika province remained unknown.
According to the state-run Bakhtar news agency, rescuers were approaching via helicopter.
“A tremendous earthquake hit four districts of Paktika province, killing and wounding hundreds of our compatriots and damaging dozens of buildings,” tweeted Bilal Karimi, the Taliban government’s deputy spokesperson, on Twitter. “We encourage all relief organisations to send personnel to the region as soon as possible to avert additional disaster.”
Neighboring The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1, according to Pakistan’s Meteorological Department. Tremors were reported in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, as well as other parts of the eastern Punjab province.
The shocks of the earthquake were felt by 119 million people throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, according to the European Seismological Agency (EMSC).