Helicopters, Trucks Deliver Aid to Areas Hardest Hit by Afghan Quake.

Afghan government helicopters and trucks deliver aid headed to areas hardest hit by Wednesday's earthquake, including Barmal and Gayan in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province.

U.N. aid agencies are rushing tons of relief items to aid thousands of people hit by a powerful earthquake Wednesday in the remote Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika. More than 1,000 people reportedly have been killed and at least 1,600 others are injured.

Aid agencies expect the number of reported deaths and injuries to rise as the search and rescue operation continues in southeastern Afghanistan. They note many people were sleeping in their mud houses when the 5.9-magnitude quake struck.

Speaking from the capital, Kabul, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan Mohamed Ayoya said at least 121 children were killed and 67 injured in the devastation that has destroyed or damaged thousands of homes.

He said a team of health professionals was on the ground in the worst affected districts soon after the earthquake struck in the early hours of Wednesday. He said they are assessing the extensive damage and urgent needs.

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