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Dual earthquakes in western Afghanistan kill a minimum of 22

Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan’s western Badghis province alongside the border with Turkmenistan on Monday afternoon, killing a minimum of 22 folks, a neighborhood professional mentioned.

There have been fears the dying toll may just upward push additional as the primary rescuers reached one of the far off villages struck via the temblors in what’s one in all Afghanistan’s maximum impoverished and underdeveloped areas.

Bas Mohammad Sarwari, leader of the province’s tradition and data division, mentioned ratings of houses have been destroyed within the quakes.

The USA Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 pm and a 2d, magnitude 4.9 at 4 pm native time. They struck 41 kilometers east and 50 kilometers southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

Sarwari says fearful citizens have been fleeing their properties for protection.

The extra tough of the temblors hit Qadis district within the southern tip of the province, the place the vast majority of the wear and tear and deaths happened, consistent with Sarwari.

Officers have been nonetheless amassing knowledge. By way of dusk most effective 4 villages were heard from, he mentioned. The primary 4.9 quake used to be focused in Muqur district, he mentioned.

“The next day now we have plan to ship rescue groups in addition to help for the affected households,” he mentioned.

Sarwari mentioned the tremors have been felt around the province. Some properties in Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital, suffered cracks however no main accidents or common injury, he added.

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