KABUL, Afghanistan – An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 155 people, authorities said.
Information remains scarce on the magnitude 6 earthquake that struck Paktika province.
The Bakhtar state news agency said the details said rescuers were arriving by helicopter.
“A severe earthquake shook four areas of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our compatriots and destroying dozens of houses,” Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, wrote on Twitter. “We call on all humanitarian agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe.