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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 15:22 GMT
In pictures: Afghan quake
The scale of the destruction caused by the earthquake in northern Afghanistan is becoming clearer.

The quake, which measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, devastated six villages in the Hindu Kush mountains.

It is a region already suffering the effects of drought, war and food shortages.

Aerial view of Nahrin
The town of Nahrin was almost completely destroyed.

Old man sitting in front of flattened home
Thousands of people were left homeless when their mud brick houses collapsed.

Boy standing beside family belongings in remains of flattened home
An estimated 20,000 homes were lost.

Nahrin resident collecting wood from the debris
Nahrin residents suddenly found themselves without shelter in cold weather

Injured boy in his father's arms
About 4,000 people were injured in the quake

UN helicopter over Nahrin
United Nations aid workers are coordinating relief efforts in the region

MSF doctor treating injured girl
Medecins Sans Frontieres sent two medical teams - one from Baghlan and another from Taloqan in neighbouring Takhar province

Red Cross worker helping injured person
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) set up an emergency medical centre in Nahrin
See also:

27 Mar 02 | South Asia
Hunt for Afghan quake survivors
27 Mar 02 | South Asia
'Scenes of devastation' in quake zone
26 Mar 02 | South Asia
Quake relief effort
26 Mar 02 | Sci/Tech
Hindu Kush: High-risk quake zone
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