At least 26 killed in Afghan earthquake

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Intl desk, Jan 18: At least 26 people, including women and children, were killed after an earthquake hit western Afghanistan on Monday, an official said.

Spokesman for Badghis Baz Mohammad Sarwary told that the victims had died when roofs of their houses collapsed in Qadis district.

The intensity of the shallow quake was magnitude 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey.“Five women and four children are among the 26 people killed in the earthquake,” said Sarwary, adding that four more were injured.

The quake also inflicted damage on the residents of Muqr district in the province but details including of casualties were still unavailable, he said. Afghanistan is already in the grip of a humanitarian disaster.

In 2015, nearly 280 people were killed when a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake centred in the mountain range ripped across South Asia, with the bulk of the deaths in Pakistan.

In that disaster, 12 young Afghan girls were crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their shaking school building.

Source: News Agencies