JALALABAD, Afghanistan, April 24 (Reuters) - An earthquake
centred in Afghanistan's east killed at least four people and
injured almost 70, after wet weather weakened the country's
traditional mud-brick homes, officials said on Wednesday.
The 5.7 magnitude quake was felt as far away as the Indian
capital of New Delhi, the latest in a string of tremors to shake
Asia this month.
The quake was 40 miles deep with an epicentre 11 km (seven
miles) from Mehtar Lam, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern
province of Laghman, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's
Initial reports from officials in neighbouring Nangarhar and
Kunar provinces said four people had been killed, with the death
toll expected to rise. Sixty-nine people were injured.
Hundreds of homes collapsed across Kunar, the provincial
governor's spokesman, Wasifullah Wasifi, said.
Wednesday saw steady rain across most of Afghanistan, which
would have weakened the traditional mud-brick homes many Afghans
live in, said the deputy chief of Afghanistan's National
Disaster Management Authority.
The agency did not yet have casualty figures, he said.
Buildings swayed in New Delhi and people ran into the street
in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, where an earthquake
killed about 75,000 people in 2005, most on the Pakistan side.
The quake was also felt in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
Last week, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake killed nearly 200
people in southwest China, a few days after another powerful
tremor killed 35 people in Pakistan near the border with Iran.