Hopes of finding additional survivors faded a day after a deadly earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan, with the worst damage apparently centered in remote, mountainous Paktika Province. Provincial officials said that at least 1,000 people had been killed, while the United Nations’ humanitarian office in the country estimated that 770 people had been killed and 1,440 people had been injured in the 5.9 magnitude quake, and cautioned that those figures were very likely to rise.
In Gayan, one of the hardest hit districts in the province, the agency said that 1,500 houses were damaged or destroyed.
These images show the initial scale of the damage and the relief efforts, which officials said are winding down.
Thursday, June 23
A Taliban helicopter taking off after dropping supplies in Gayan .
Hawa and her daughter Safia, at the hospital in Sharana, in Paktika Province. Hawa lost her entire family except for two of her children.
Afghans standing by the bodies of relatives killed in an earthquake in Gayan.
Burying victims in Gayan.
People warmed themselves by an outdoor fire after their homes were destroyed by the earthquake.
Residents laid out clothes to dry near the ruins of damaged houses in the Bernal district in Paktika Province.
Mira was pulled out of the rubble and taken to a hospital in Sharana. One side of her body was crushed by the rubble, and she sustained serious injuries.
Wednesday, June 22
A photo provided by the state-run news agency Bakhtar shows the destruction caused by the earthquake in Paktika Province.
In another photo from the news agency, soldiers and Red Crescent officials responding to the earthquake.
An injured person at a hospital in Paktika Province.
People lined up to donate blood for the earthquake victims being treated at a hospital in Gayan.
A photo from the Bakhtar news agency shows the evacuation of an injured person in Paktika Province.
Searching for survivors in a village in Paktika Province.