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A man sits on the rubble of a building after an earthquake hit Paktika, Afghanistan on June 22. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Wednesday near the town of Khost and the death toll has risen to more than 1,000 people.

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Updated Friday, June 24, 2022 3:23 a.m. ET

A man sits on the rubble of a building after an earthquake hit Paktika, Afghanistan on June 22. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Wednesday near the town of Khost and the death toll has risen to more than 1,000 people.

Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in decades on Wednesday when a 5.9 magnitude quake struck the east of the country, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring scores more, according to a regional manager.

The humanitarian disaster comes at a difficult time for the Taliban-ruled country, which is currently plagued by hunger and economic crises.


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