My heart goes out to all those affected by this devastating earthquake which shook eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday morning.
The magnitude 5.9 earthquake, which struck the city of Khost (about 95 miles south of Kabul), has taken over 1,000 lives and counting, and it's left more than 1,500 injured. It's the deadliest quake to strike Afghanistan in two decades.
Some footage of the wreckage:
Please pray for these people. Lord knows they've been through a lot lately.
At least 2,000 homes were destroyed in the region, where on average every household has seven or eight people living in it, said Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN deputy special representative to Afghanistan.
Hedayatullah Paktin, journalist and political writer, said that most houses in the region are built in the traditional style, with the use of soil, stone and other materials, adding that concrete houses are rare.
Rescue efforts have so far been difficult for the locals, but it looks like the UN has arrived.
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