In photos: Deadly earthquake hits Afghanistan

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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 1113 GMT (1913 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.

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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.

An Afghan man looks for his belongings amid the ruins of a house damaged by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

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Afghan people set up tents as a temporary arrangement amid the ruins of houses damaged by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

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A Taliban military helicopter flies over an earthquake-damaged area in the Paktika province, on June 23.

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An Afghan man stands besides a door of a house damaged by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

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A child stands besides a house damaged by an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

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Members of Taliban rescue team return from affected villages following an earthquake in Bernal district, Paktika province, on June 23.

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Afghan men search for survivors amidst the debris of a house that was destroyed by an earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan, on June 23.

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Children sit near their home that has been destroyed in an earthquake in the Spera District of southwest of the city of Khost, Afghanistan, on June 22.

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People help in search and rescue operations amid the debris of a building after the earthquake in Afghanistan on June 22.

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A villager collects his belongings from under the rubble of his home that was destroyed in the earthquake in Afghanistan on June 22.

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An injured victim of the earthquake receives treatment at a hospital in Paktia, Afghanistan, on June 22.

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Afghans evacuate wounded people in the province of Paktika, eastern Afghanistan, on June 22.

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Search and rescue operations continue after the earthquake on June 22.

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Taliban guards outside the district hospital where victims of the earthquake were brought in Paktia, Afghanistan, on June 22.

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An old man sits near his house that was destroyed in the earthquake on June 22.

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An ambulance assists earthquake victims on June 22.

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People queue up in a line to donate blood for the earthquake victims being treated at a hospital in Paktika, Afghanistan, on June 22.

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A girl stands near a house that was damaged by the earthquake on June 22.

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People sit outside a tent after their house was damaged in the earthquake on June 22.

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