They left 26 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes..Two earthquakes hit western Afghanistan

Two earthquakes hit Badghis province in western Afghanistan along the border with Turkmenistan on Monday, killing at least 26 people, injuring others, and destroying hundreds of homes, amid expectations that the number of victims will rise in that mountainous province, which is also subject to heavy rains.

Badghis state spokesman Baz Muhammad Sarwari said, “5 women and 4 children were among the 26 people who were killed in the earthquake,” explaining that 4 others were injured, and that dozens of houses were destroyed in the earthquakes, “which frightened the residents, and prompted them to flee in search of safety.”

For his part, the head of the Emergency Operations Center at the Ministry of State for Emergency Affairs, Mullah Janan Saeqi, confirmed the death toll, and said that more than 700 homes were damaged or destroyed due to the earthquake, indicating the possibility of an increase in the number of victims, especially since Badghis is a mountainous province that is also exposed to heavy rains. These days.

The US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale at two in the afternoon, and another with a magnitude of 4.9 at four in the evening, local time in Afghanistan. The quakes struck 41 km east and 50 km southeast of Qal’at Naw, the capital of Badghis State.

The quake was felt across the state, Sarwari said, and some homes in Naw Castle were cracked, but there were no major injuries or extensive damage.

The earthquakes occurred at a time when Afghanistan is witnessing a catastrophic humanitarian situation fueled by severe droughts during the year, which particularly affected remote and rural provinces such as Badghis.

Earthquakes often hit northern Afghanistan, especially around the Hindu Kush mountain range, where the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates collide. Earthquakes damage poorly built buildings and homes in Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries.

In 2015, nearly 200 people were killed in the country after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake killed more people in neighboring Pakistan. Among the Afghan victims were 12 girls who died in a stampede while trying to get out of school.

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