The Taliban in Afghanistan have appealed for international support, as the country deals with the aftermath of a devastating 6.1 magnitude earthquake.
More than 1,000 people have been killed and at least 1,500 injured. Unknown numbers are buried in the rubble of ruined, often mud-built homes.
South eastern Paktika province has been worst-hit and the UN is scrambling to provide emergency shelter and food aid.
Rescue efforts are being hampered by heavy rain and lack of resources.
Survivors and rescuers have told the BBC of villages completely destroyed near the epicentre of the quake, of ruined roads and mobile phone towers - and of their fears that the death toll will rise further.
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Afghan quake kills at least 250
A powerful earthquake has killed at least 250 people and left scores injured in Afghanistan, BBC reports.
Pictures shared on social media showed people on stretchers, rubble and ruined homes in Paktika province.
A local government official told the BBC the death toll of more than 250 was likely to rise, and that more than 150 others had been injured.
The quake struck about 44km (27 miles) from the south-eastern city of Khost.
Tremors were felt across more than 500km of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, quoted by Reuters.
The centre said that witnesses had reported feeling the quake in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, as well as Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.