Dozens Killed After Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Hits Western Afghanistan

At least 26 people died after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit western Afghanistan on Jan. 17, according to an official.

Baz Mohammad Sarwary, a spokesperson for the western Afghan province of Badghis, told AFP News that five women and four children were among the dead.

Sarwary added that four more were injured.

Sarwary said that the roofs of the victims’ houses in Qadis district collapse, killing them.

The earthquake also inflicted damage on the residents of Muqr district but details were still unavailable, according to Sarwary.

Bakhtar News Agency earlier reported that 22 people died from the earthquake and four were injured.

Officials warned that the death toll could rise and noted huge financial losses.

According to the United States Geological Survey, residents of the Herat province and Ghowr province also felt the earthquake, which had a depth of 18 kilometers.

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