Roofs collapse in Badghis: 26 killed in earthquake in Afghanistan

The roofs in Patkis collapsed
At least 26 people have been killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan

5.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Afghanistan More than a hundred houses collapsed. At least 26 people were killed, including some children. Cadiz County has been hard hit.

At least 26 people have been killed in an earthquake in western Afghanistan on Monday. Provincial officials said they were trapped when the roofs of their homes collapsed in the western province of Patkis. Four children were among the victims in Cadiz County. Many more were injured. More than 100 houses were demolished in Kadis, Mukur, Up Kamari and Jawant districts. Cadiz County was badly affected.

Sarwari said the first quake shook the province at around 1pm (local time). Another tremor would have been felt by people two hours later. The USGS, based in the United States, recorded two earthquakes 50 and 41 kilometers from the city of Gala-e Now. The strength of the first was estimated at 4.9 and that of the second at 5.3.

Earthquakes are very common in Afghanistan, especially in the Hindu Kush region when Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Tremors often cause severe damage as many homes in poor country are poorly built.

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