Afghanistan earthquake: Fresh tremors kill five near epicentre of tectonic disaster

Afghanistan earthquake: Fresh tremors kill five near epicentre of tectonic disaster
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Fresh tremors following a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan killed five people on Friday near the epicentre of the deadly tectonic rift.
Over 1,000 people are known to have died in Wednesday's earthquake disaster [source: Getty]

Five people were killed on Friday in eastern Afghanistan after fresh tremors shook areas close to the epicentre of Wednesday's 6.1 magnitude earthquake, a senior Afghan official said.

"(This) morning another earthquake happened in Paktika in Gayan district, according primary information... five have died," Afghan health ministry spokesman Sharafat Zaman told Reuters.

U.S. Geological Survey's website showed a 4.3 magnitude earthquake had hit near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at 01:43 UTC time on Friday. 

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A magnitude 6 quake on Wednesday - which struck in the night as people were sleeping - left thousands without shelter and brought into sharp focus the compounding needs of the country.

Afghanistan remains cut off from the international monetary system, and aid groups lament having to pay local staff with bags of cash delivered by hand as nations refuse to deal directly with the Taliban.

Aid organizations like the local Red Crescent and World Food Program have stepped in to assist the most vulnerable families with food and other emergency needs like tents and sleeping mats in Paktika province, the epicentre of the earthquake, and neighbouring Khost province.

[Reuters]