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At least 100 killed in Afghanistan earthquake

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Map showing the epicenter of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan that struck in the early morning of June 22.

A powerful earthquake in Afghanistan has killed at least 100 people and injured dozens of others, officials said Wednesday, and the toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach remote areas.

The earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit hardest in the east, bordering Pakistan, where people are already living difficult lives in a country gripped by a humanitarian disaster made worse by the Taliban takeover in August.

“More than 100 people have been killed in the earthquake,” government spokesman Bilal Karimi told AFP.

“A lot of houses have been damaged and people are trapped,” he said.

Yaqub Manzor, a tribal leader from Paktika province, said survivors were mobilizing to help those affected.

“The local markets have been closed and all people have rushed to the affected areas,” he told AFP by phone.

Photos and video clips on social media showed badly damaged mud houses in remote rural areas.

Some images show local residents loading victims into a helicopter.

Afghanistan is often hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush Mountains, which lie near the intersection of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In January, dozens of people were killed and injured when two earthquakes hit rural areas in western Badghis province, damaging hundreds of buildings.

In 2015, more than 380 people were killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan when an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale ripped the two countries apart, with the majority of the dead in Pakistan.

The latest earthquake came at a time when Afghanistan is facing a major humanitarian disaster, exacerbated by the Taliban takeover of the country.

Aid agencies and the United Nations say Afghanistan will need billions of dollars this year to tackle the crisis.

In particular, aid agencies have emphasized the need for greater disaster preparedness in Afghanistan, which remains highly susceptible to recurring earthquakes, floods and landslides.

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