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Rescuers were desperately trying on Thursday to help victims of the earthquake that killed at least a thousand people in southeastern Afghanistan, but their efforts were hampered by lack of resources, mountainous terrain and heavy rains. . The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred in the early hours of Wednesday in this poor and difficult-to-reach rural region bordering Pakistan. The point in pictures.

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  • Children stand near a house that was destroyed in an earthquake in Spera district, southwestern Khost province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. — PA/SIPA

    The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred in the early hours of Wednesday in southeastern Afghanistan.

  • Destruction after an earthquake in Gayan village, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. — EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AP/SIPA

    It was the country’s deadliest earthquake in more than two decades.

  • Destruction caused by an earthquake in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. — PA/SIPA

    At least a thousand people died and 1,500 were injured in the most affected province of Paktika alone, authorities said on Wednesday, who continue to fear that the toll will rise.

  • Destruction caused by an earthquake in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. — EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AP/SIPA

    Already grappling with an economic and humanitarian crisis, Afghanistan is hit by a new tragedy, which poses a heavy challenge for the Taliban, in power since mid-August 2021.

  • A villager collects his belongings from the rubble of his house destroyed in an earthquake in Spera district, Khost province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. — PA/SIPA

    “I was awake when the earthquake happened… When I came out of my house, everything was silent, because people were buried under their houses,” Zaitullah told AFP on Thursday. Ghurziwal, a resident of Bermal district, Paktika.

  • A girl stands near a house destroyed by an earthquake in Spera district, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. — PA/SIPA

    “It is difficult to access the affected sites” especially since “the area was hit last night by floods caused by heavy rains”, underlined the head of the Information and Culture service of the Paktika province, Mohammad Amin Huzaifa.

  • Men stand around the bodies of people killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. — EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AP/SIPA

    The NGO Save the Children estimated Thursday that more than 118,000 children were affected by the disaster. “Many children most likely now have no access to clean water, food and a safe place to sleep,” she said.

  • An Afghan stands next to the door of a house destroyed by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province on June 23, 2022. — AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP

    The UN, which pointed out that at least 2,000 houses had been destroyed – each one being inhabited according to it by at least seven or eight people -, highlighted the lack of clearing machines.

  • A young girl walks among the rubble of houses destroyed by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, June 23, 2022. — AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP

    The Taliban government has called in the army, but it has few resources. Afghanistan has only a very limited number of helicopters and planes.

  • An Afghan villager sits near his house destroyed in an earthquake in Spera district, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. — PA/SIPA

    Footage shows people clearing debris from houses with their bare hands in search of bodies.

  • Villagers sit in front of a tent after their homes were destroyed by an earthquake in Spera district, southwestern Khost province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. — PA/SIPA

    The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, nevertheless assured that the UN was “fully mobilized” to help theAfghanistan.

  • Children sit outside near the ruins of a house destroyed by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, June 23, 2022. — AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP

    The deadliest earthquake in the recent history of Afghanistan (5,000 dead) took place in May 1998 in the provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan (north-east).