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In remote Afghanistan: scenes of a deadly earthquake


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Hopes of finding new survivors were dashed a day after a devastating earthquake hit Afghanistan’s Paktika province. The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 770 people died and 1,440 were injured in the 5.9 earthquake, while warning that the numbers could rise. The agency said 1,500 houses were damaged or destroyed in Gayane, one of the hardest hit areas in the province.

These images are beginning to show the extent of the damage and the relief effort, which officials say is winding down, leaving little hope of finding survivors.

A Taliban helicopter takes off after dropping supplies in Gayane, Paktika province.

Hawa and her daughter Safiya at a hospital in Sharan, Paktika province. She lost almost all of her family, except for two children.

Afghans stand by the bodies of relatives who died in the earthquake in the village of Gayan in Paktika province.

Burial of the victims in the village of Gayan.

People warmed themselves by a fire in the street after their houses were destroyed by the earthquake.

Residents lay out their clothes to dry near the ruins of destroyed houses in Bernal district, Paktika province.

Mira was pulled out of the rubble and taken to a hospital in Sharan. One side of her body was crushed by debris and she sustained serious injuries.

A photograph provided by the state news agency Bakhtar shows the destruction caused by the earthquake in Paktika province.

Soldiers and representatives of the Red Crescent react to the earthquake.

The wounded man is being treated at a hospital in Paktika province.

People line up to donate blood for earthquake victims being treated at a hospital in Gayane, Paktika province.

Evacuation of the wounded in the province of Paktika.

Search for survivors in a village in the province of Paktika.

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