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Scores Dead After Afghan Earthquake, Flash Floods


Afghans work on the rubble of a mud house after it collapsed following an earthquake in Jalalabad Province on April 24.

Afghans work on the rubble of a mud house after it collapsed following an earthquake in Jalalabad Province on April 24.

A powerful earthquake and flash floods in eastern Afghanistan have left scores of people dead.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.7 and its epicenter was 11 kilometers from Mehtar Lam, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman, at a depth of 70 kilometers.

The Afghan Red Crescent in neighboring Nangarhar Province told RFE/RL that the quake left 12 people dead in Nangarhar.

The Afghan Health Ministry said in a statement the quake injured more than 100 people in Nangarhar.

Hundreds of homes collapsed In Konar Province.

Strong tremors were also felt in the capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kabul and Islamabad, respectively.

The earthquake was felt as far away as India's capital of New Delhi.

Meanwhile, flash floods caused by heavy rains killed at least 13 people in the northern province of Balkh.

Dozens of homes were destroyed and at least five people remain missing.

Heavy rains also caused flooding in neighboring Sari Pul Province. No casualties were reported there.

Based on reporting by AP, Pajhwok, and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
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