At least 26 killed in Afghanistan earthquake

At least 26 folks have been killed after an earthquake hit western Afghanistan on Monday, an official mentioned.

The victims died when roofs of their homes collapsed in Qadis district in the western province of Badghis, spokesman for the province Baz Mohammad Sarwary advised AFP.

The shallow quake was magnitude 5.3, in keeping with the US Geological Survey.

"Five women and four children are among the 26 people killed in the earthquake," mentioned Sarwary, including that 4 extra have been injured.

The quake additionally inflicted harm on the residents of Muqr district in the province however particulars together with of casualties have been nonetheless unavailable, he mentioned.

Afghanistan is already in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe, worsened by the Taliban takeover of the nation in August when Western nations froze worldwide help and entry to belongings held overseas.

Qadis is likely one of the areas worst affected by a devastating drought, benefiting little from worldwide help in the previous 20 years.

The nation is incessantly hit by earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain vary, which lies close to the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

Earthquakes could cause important harm to poorly constructed properties and buildings in impoverished Afghanistan.

In 2015, practically 280 folks have been killed when a robust 7.5-magnitude earthquake centred in the mountain vary ripped throughout (*26*) Asia, with the majority of the deaths in Pakistan.

In that catastrophe, 12 younger Afghan ladies have been crushed to dying in a stampede as they tried to flee their shaking faculty constructing.

primarily based on web site supplies www.rte.ie

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