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Rescuers Scramble to Reach Survivors of Afghanistan Earthquake, Killing 1,000

  • At least 1,000 have been killed and more than 1,500 injured
  • Taliban has asked for international help in quake aftermath
Search and rescue operations continue in Paktika, Afghanistan on June 22.

Search and rescue operations continue in Paktika, Afghanistan on June 22.

Photographer: Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Rescue and relief teams are struggling to reach survivors of a deadly earthquake that hit Afghanistan’s remote southeast, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring hundreds more even as the country battles multiple humanitarian crises.

The eastern Paktika province, home to some of the country’s most impoverished farmers and cattle herders, was the worst hit, several officials from the Taliban government said. Casualties and damage were also reported in nearby Khost and Nangahar provinces, which border Pakistan.