Quake-hit Afghanistan gets aid from Pakistan, Iran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran have sent aid supplies to Afghanistan in the wake of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the country's Paktika province and left at least 1,000 people dead.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad late on Wednesday, the relief supplies included blankets, tents, and medicine.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who "showed support to the victims on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan," directed the distribution of the relief, the Official said. 

Afghanistan has received two cargo planes from Tehran delivering first aid supplies, according to the Iranian Embassy there.  The Embassy also said that additional required steps had been taken to help the neighbouring nation.

1,500 people have been injured in the two districts of Gayan and Barmal by the earthquake on Wednesday, which is thought to be the deadliest to hit the nation in 20 years.

The epicentre was 44 kilometres from Khost city, and Pakistan and India both reported feeling tremors.

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