Afghan authorities scramble to reach earthquake zone, toll at 1,000 dead

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By Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Sayed Hassib GAYAN, Afghanistan (Reuters) -Afghan authorities struggled on Thursday to reach a remote area hit by an earthquake that killed 1,000 people but poor communications and a lack of proper roads hampered their efforts, officials said. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck early on Wednesday about 160 km, (100 miles) southeast of Kabul, in arid mountains dotted with small settlements near the border with Pakistan. “We can’t reach the area, the networks are too weak, we trying to get updates,” Mohammad Ismail Muawiyah, a spokesman for the top Taliban military c…

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