The death toll from the earthquake in Afghanistan has risen to 155 children. The United Nations has given information about this and said that 155 children were killed in the severe earthquake in southeast Afghanistan last week. This information was given in a report released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on 26 June. According to UNOCHA , a few days after the quake, several children died in the widely ravaged Guyan district of Paktika while about 65 children were left orphaned or homeless
So far at least 920 people have died due to this earthquake while more than 610 people have been injured. The earthquake was so devastating that settlements have been destroyed and the walls have developed long cracks. The impact of the earthquake has been seen till Pakistan. Relief and rescue operations are being carried out in the settlements. Officials say the death toll could rise. The epicenter of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake was 44 km southwest of Khost.
The most affected areas have been Paktika and Khost. Many villages here have turned into ruins. In Pakistan too, there has been destruction in many areas adjacent to Afghanistan. According to the report of the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of this earthquake was 44 km from the city of Khost in southeast Afghanistan.
Mohamed Nasim Haqqani, the head of the Taliban administration's disaster management authority, said the most devastation caused by the quake was in Paktika province, where at least 255 people were killed and more than 250 were injured. He said deaths have also been reported in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Khost and officials are engaged in rescue work. 'Bakhtar' news agency said in another news that rescue workers are reaching the spot by helicopter.
Video footage from Paktika province shows helicopters being deployed to airlift victims from the area. These videos also show houses destroyed by the earthquake, around which people are seen walking. According to local media reports, the tremors of the earthquake were so strong that not only the mud but also the houses made of concrete collapsed like a pack of cards. The radius of this earthquake was spread over an area of about 200 km.