0439 GMT June 26, 2022
The epicenter of the magnitude 6.1 temblor was in Paktika Province at a depth at just 10 kilometers, AP reported.
Rescuers rushed to the area by helicopter Wednesday and a Taliban official asked for international help.
“When such a big incident happens in any country, there is a need for help from other countries,” said Sharafuddin Muslim. “It is very difficult for us to be able to respond to this huge incident.”
Footage from Paktika showed men carrying people in blankets to waiting helicopters. Others were treated on the ground. Some images showed residents picking through clay bricks and other rubble from destroyed stone houses, some of whose roofs or walls had caved in.
Iran offered its condolences to Afghanistan and said it sent two aircraft containing humanitarian aid.
The Italian medical aid group Emergency, which still operates in Afghanistan, said it dispatched seven ambulances and staff to the areas closest to the quake zone.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said his nation would provide help. At the Vatican, Pope Francis offered prayers for all those killed and injured and for the “suffering of the dear Afghan population.”