Afghanistan earthquake: Images show scale of devastation

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An elder reacts to the devastation after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook Afghanistan at noon and killed at least 29 people, and injured 62 others in the Spera district of Khost province near Paktika province, Afghanistan on June 22, 2022.
An elderly man reacts to the destruction inflicted after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake ripped through Paktika province in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban government has appealed for more international help to cope with the devastating earthquake that's feared to have killed at least 1,000 people.

The devastating 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Khost, with tremors felt as far away as Pakistan and India.

Rescue teams are scrambling to save those trapped under rubble, but efforts are hampered by heavy rain, and a lack of sufficient infrastructure and resources.

People help for the search and rescue operations on debris of a building after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook Afghanistan at noon and killed at least 29 people, and injured 62 others in the Spera district of Khost province near Paktika province, Afghanistan on June 22, 2022.
Villagers help the search and rescue operation by sifting through the debris of a destroyed building in Paktika
An ambulance shift victims of earthquake in Gayan village in Paktia province, Afghanistan, 22 June 2022.
An ambulance convoy transports victims of the earthquake in Gayan village by navigating through rocky terrain
An injured victim of the earthquake receives treatment at a hospital in Paktia, Afghanistan, 22 June 2022.
An injured victim of the earthquake receives treatment at a hospital in Paktika as military officers look on
An Afghan boy reads from a religious book next to the body of an earthquake victim wrapped in a blanket before the burial rituals, who was killed in an earthquake in Gayan district, Paktika province on June 22, 2022.
An Afghan boy reads from the Quran while sitting next to a body of an earthquake victim as part of a burial rite
Damaged buildings in Spera district
Survivors and rescuers have told the BBC of villages almost completely destroyed near the epicentre of the quake

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