Earthquake Kills Over 1,000 People in Afghanistan

The photo shows the devastation left behind by the earthquake. (Photo courtesy of FMI)

Wednesday morning, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake killed over 1,000 people and injured thousands more in southeastern Afghanistan. The epicenter was about 27 miles from the provincial capital city of Khost.

The worst damage occurred in remote and mountainous regions near the border with Pakistan. The number of killed and injured is likely to rise, as the area has unreliable telecommunications and means of reporting casualties.

Nehemiah with FMI estimates the death toll could reach 10,000 people. “Because there are no emergency rescue operation teams available in Afghanistan. People are living very, very remotely in the villages. There is no access or paved roads. I have been to some areas where you cannot find any hospital for about 10 hours.”

In one area, 17 people of the same family died because their house collapsed. A local official said 25 villages were completely destroyed, including mosques and schools.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray rescuers will be able to reach those in need with medical treatment and food.
  • Ask God to strengthen FMI partners in this region.

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