18 May 2024,   10:06
At least 13 dead after earthquake jolts Afghanistan, Pakistan

At least 13 people have been killed and hundreds injured after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit areas across Afghanistan and Pakistan, with tremors felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi, writes Al JAzeera.

In northwest Pakistan, at least 9 people were killed and 44 injured, a government official said on Wednesday. Hospitals in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were put into a state of emergency overnight.

In Afghanistan, at least four people were killed and 50 wounded, a health ministry official said.

The earthquake’s epicentre was 40km southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm, near the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was felt over an area more than 1,000km wide by some 285 million people in Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.