N: The death toll of the powerful Afghanistan earthquake of a magnitude of 6.1 soared to 920 casualties and with the number of injured variously reported between 600 and as high as 1,500.
The official numbers as provided by Afghanistan's Deputy Minister for Disaster Management, Mawlawi Sharafuddin, speak of 920 dead and 620 injured.
Earlier reports from the local Bakhtar News Agency spoke of 280 dead and 600 injured, but the agency is now reporting 1,000 dead and 1,500 injured.
“The number of fatalities is likely to increase because some villages are located in distant mountainous regions. Collecting detailed data will take time,” a representative of the Afghan Interior Ministry Salahuddin Ayubi said.
#BREAKING;— Bakhtar News Agency (@BakhtarNA) June 22, 2022
More than 1000 people were killed and over 1500 others injured in Tuesday night’s #earthquake in #Gayan and #Barmal district of #Paktika province alone, Head of Information and Culture Department of the province told BNA.
The death toll is likely to rise, he added. pic.twitter.com/mI8HZy6SFX
No immediate reports of casualties in the neighbouring Pakistan have been made available but according to BBC Urdu the quake did little damage in the country.
❗Update: #Earthquake (#زلزله) M6.1 occurred 64 km SE of #Gardēz (#Afghanistan) 38 min ago (local time 01:24:35). Info at:— EMSC (@LastQuake) June 21, 2022
It is in the Gayan and Barmal districts in Paktika that the has hitherto seen the largest number of casualties, a local doctor told the BBC. As put by local media site Etilaat-e Roz, a whole village in Gayan had been destroyed.
#UPDATE #BREAKING:At least 255 people have been killed and 500 others injured in an earthquake in Barmala, Ziruk, Naka and Gayan districts of #Paktika province on Tuesday night.— Abdul Wahid Rayan، عبدالواحد ریان (@AWahidRayan1) June 22, 2022
Local officials say the death toll could rise if the central government did not provide emergency hel pic.twitter.com/qNGQF2Uko7