In images: Lethal earthquake hits Afghanistan

Children sit close to their house that was destroyed in an earthquake within the Spera District of southwest of town of Khost, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

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Up to date 6:44 PM ET, Wed June 22, 2022

Children sit close to their house that was destroyed in an earthquake within the Spera District of southwest of town of Khost, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

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Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in many years on Wednesday when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the nation’s east, killing greater than 1,000 individuals and wounding many extra, in line with a regional official.

The humanitarian catastrophe comes at a tough time for the Taliban-ruled nation, at the moment within the throes of starvation and financial crises.