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    In photos: Deadly earthquake hits Afghanistan



    Men stand around the bodies of people killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on Thursday, June 23. A powerful earthquake struck the rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early on Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country’s deadliest quake in two decades.

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    Updated 1122 GMT (1922 HKT) June 23, 2022

    Men stand around the bodies of people killed in an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on Thursday, June 23. A powerful earthquake struck the rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early on Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country’s deadliest quake in two decades.

    Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

    Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in decades on Wednesday when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the country’s east, killing more than 1,000 people and wounding many more, according to a regional official.

    The humanitarian disaster comes at a difficult time for the Taliban-ruled country, currently in the throes of hunger and economic crises.



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