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In photos and videos: The aftermath of the deadly Afghanistan earthquake

An earthquake struck Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, killing more than 1,000 people in a country already facing dire humanitarian crises.

In the eastern province of Paktika, which was hit hardest by the 5.9 magnitude quake, many awoke to lives forever changed, their homes destroyed, their vehicles buried in rubble, their loved ones dead.

Paktika, eastern Afghanistan, on June 22.

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Gayan district, Paktika province on June 22.

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An Afghan villager collects his belongings from under the rubble of his home that was destroyed in an earthquake in the Spera district of the southwestern part of Khost province on June 22.

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Khost province, Afghanistan on June 22.

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At least 1,600 people were injured, officials said. People were transported to clinics where they received treatment for head wounds and broken bones. Others could not be saved.

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Officials warned that the number of casualties will rise.

“We don’t yet know the full extent of the devastation, but we believe hundreds of people have been killed, including many women and children,” said Mohamed Ayoya, the representative of UNICEF in Afghanistan, in a statement. “Many more have been injured and many homes damaged or destroyed.”

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Afghans evacuate wounded people after an earthquake in the province of Paktika, eastern Afghanistan on June 22.

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Afghan Red Crescent medics and volunteers transport earthquake victims to hospitals in Spera district, Khost province on June 22.

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An Afghan child is treated inside a hospital in the city of Sharan after getting injured in an earthquake in Gayan district, Paktika province on June 22.

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An injured Afghan receives treatment at a hospital in Paktika, Afghanistan.

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Paktika province on June 22.

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