An earthquake in Afghanistans east and flash floods in the north killed at least 33 people on Wednesday as hundreds of traditional mud-brick homes collapsed,officials said.
The epicentre of the 5.7-magnitude quake was 11 km from Mehtar Lam,capital of the eastern province of Laghman,according to the US Geological Survey. At least 18 people were killed in adjacent Nangarhar and Kunar provinces and the death toll was expected to rise,a spokesman for the Afghan Red Crescent Society said. About 70 people were injured in Nangarhar.
Also heavy rain caused flash-floods in the northern province of Balkh,killing 15 people,provincial council member Fazel Hadidi said.
Steady rain witnessed across most of Afghanistan would have weakened the mud-brick dwellings many Afghans live in,according to the National Disaster Management Authority. The agency did not yet have its own casualty figures.