When a powerful earthquake struck a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on June 22, killing more than 1,000 people, Reuters was on-the-ground to deliver unparalleled coverage of the disaster as it unfolded.
Following alerts from quake monitoring services and the United States Geological Survey, Reuters was quick to report the story and was first with video footage of helicopters landing in Afghanistan’s remote Paktika province to transport those injured. Over 1000 broadcasters around the world used this content in their coverage of the country’s deadliest earthquake in two decades.
The coverage was captured by a team of Reuters multimedia journalists from locations including the Gayan and Barmal districts in Paktika to provide footage, images and text to clients and readers of the areas and the people directly impacted.
The breadth of coverage from Reuters included: drone shots of villages in eastern Afghanistan showing the scope of the devastation; a Factbox on earthquakes in the country that have killed more than 100 people over the last three decades; pictures of the destruction; analysis on what it means for the Taliban since they seized power nearly a year ago; international relief efforts and countries providing humanitarian aid; and the aftershock and continuing fallout from the disaster.
A powerful picture story by Reuters Graphics also documented the impact of the earthquake, the country’s economic crisis and how it compares with previous earthquakes across the region.
To follow Reuters coverage of the Afghanistan earthquake, click here.
Kayley. Rogers@TR. com