At least 22 people are thought to have been killed in eastern Afghanistan after two earthquakes destroyed around 200 homes.
Residents of villages near to where the quakes struck claim dozens more may be dead. Scientists say an earthquake of 5.5 magnitude hit the province of Nangarhar between the cities of Jalalabad and Kabul in the early hours of Friday morning local time. It was followed by a slightly weaker tremor of 5.1 two hours later. This survior said: ‘‘Three of my family members were killed and seven are injured. I think about 40 people have died. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed.’‘ With most homes built from mud bricks the death toll is expected to rise. In 2005, a quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale killed more than 70,000 people and displaced millions in neighbouring Pakistan.