EFE

Urgun, Afghanistan

Thirteen members of a single family have been killed by the devastating 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Afghanistan on Tuesday night, leaving more than 1,000 dead in the worst tragedy of its kind in decades.

"I lost 13 members of my family including my mother, sisters and four children. My wife and a daughter are hospitalized in another ward," Sawar Khan, himself admitted to a hospital in the Urgun district in the Afghan province of Paktika, told EFE.

The eastern provinces of Paktika and Khost, situated close to the border with Pakistan, have been worst hit by the quake, which killed at least 1,030 people and wounded more than 1,500.

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