Afghan earthquake death toll rises to 26: provincial spokesman

By: AFP
Published: 08:44 PM, 17 Jan, 2022
Afghan earthquake death toll rises to 26: provincial spokesman
Caption: At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake: district official.
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The death toll from an earthquake on Monday in western Afghanistan rose to 26, an official told AFP.

"Five women and four children are among the 26 people killed in the earthquake," said Baz Mohammad Sarwary, spokesman for Badghis province that was hit by the earthquake, adding that four more were injured.

Most of the victims died when roofs of their houses collapsed in Qadis district of the province.

 The quake was magnitude 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey, who originally recorded the magnitude as 5.6.

"Several people were also injured in today's earthquake," Purdel said, adding that the victims included women and children.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

Earthquakes can cause significant damage to poorly built homes and buildings in impoverished Afghanistan

AFP

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