The United Nations Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office (OCHA) provided information on the situation in the Paktika and Khost region, where the severe earthquake occurred, and stated that many international aid organizations and non-governmental organizations, including UNICEF, WHO, had advanced the Ocha coordination. Local media stated that the loss of 1000 lives had reached, while the Turkish Red Crescent was working in coordination with local units.
“On June 22, at 01.30 local time, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred in central Afghanistan, which hit the Paktika and Khost areas. “The earthquake, recorded at a depth of 10 km, was felt in neighboring provinces, including Kabul, as well as in Islamabad, Pakistan and India.”
NEARLY 200 DEAD IN GAYAN COUNTY
Barmal, Ziruk, Nika and Gijan in the Paktika region and Spera in the Khost region were the settlements most damaged by the earthquake. In the Gayan district of Paktika, almost 200 people were killed and 100 injured, most of them seriously. 25 people are said to have died in Spera in Khost. OCHA stressed that the exact number of dead and injured has not yet been confirmed.