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Afghanistan earthquake death toll rises to 1,150, villagers dig through rubble to find survivors Updated: 2022-06-24 17:33:30 KST

The death toll from Afghanistan's devastating earthquake has climbed to 1,150.
The official tally was reported by the state-run Bakhtar News Agency on Friday.
The Taliban director of the agency also said that around 1-thousand 600 people have been injured.
But some say the actual figures are much higher.

"Around 1,500 to 1,700 people have been martyred and the number of wounded victims is around 2,500 people."

The 5.9 magnitude quake struck southeastern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday.
A person in charge of disaster relief had said that around 10-thousand homes have been destroyed.

"This is my house, it is destroyed completely, all house belongings have been missing, I have lost 12 members of my family in this house."

The worst affected regions are now covered in rubble.
AFP reported that survivors are struggling to find equipment among the debris to bury the dead.
Another news agency, AP, said that villagers are digging by hand to find survivors.

“There was nobody from the health department and everybody was doing rescue activities on their own. Children were trapped under the debris and I went back and got them out.”

With search and rescue efforts still underway, authorities say the death toll could rise further.

"The rescue operation is underway and the bodies of most victims have been found. But we still can't say we have found all the victims, the death toll could rise."

Some international aid organizations are rushing to help, but they're struggling to find a way in with a lack of proper roads and communication lines down in Afghanistan.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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