According to Taliban sources, a strong earthquake in Afghanistan has killed at least 920 people and injured hundreds more.
In the eastern Paktika province, where rescuers are rushing to treat the injured, pictures reveal landslides and destroyed mud-built dwellings.
Helicopters have been using distant places to transport patients to hospitals.
Numerous homes have been damaged, according to Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, and the death toll is certain to climb.
At least 920 people had died, and another 600 had been injured, according to his deputy minister for disaster management Sharafuddin Muslim.
Many people were at home, sound asleep in their beds, when the earthquake occurred approximately 44km (27 miles) from the southeastern city of Khost at around 01:30 local time (21:00 Tuesday GMT).
In Afghanistan, where there are many rural areas with weak or poorly constructed housing, earthquakes can cause major damage.
Officials from the Taliban urged assistance organizations to hasten their arrival in the nation’s eastern impacted regions.
Despite efforts by relief organizations to strengthen some buildings over the years, the impoverished nation has struggled to develop its defenses against earthquakes and other natural disasters due to decades of conflict.
Even before the Taliban took control of the country, Afghanistan’s emergency services were understaffed and underequipped to handle natural disasters.
Tremors were felt at a distance of more than 500 kilometers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The majority of the injuries so far have been in the Paktika districts of Gayan and Barman.
Witnesses claimed to have felt the earthquake in Islamabad, Pakistan, as well as Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
The earthquake in Pakistan did not immediately result in any fatalities and only little damagE.
Due to its location in a tectonically active area and its proximity to a variety of fault lines, including the Chaman fault, the Hari Rud fault, the Central Badakhshan fault, and the Darvaz fault, Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes.
Seismologists estimate that the earthquake had a depth of about 51 kilometers and had a magnitude of 6.1.