26 Dead! 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Badghis Province In Afghanistan

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A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Badghis province in western Afghanistan on the 17th, killing 26 people.

According to Agence France-Presse, a spokesman for the western province of Badghis, Shawari, told reporters that the roofs of houses in the province’s Qadis district collapsed, causing casualties. “Among the 26 people who died when the earthquake hit, five were women and four children,” he said. Four other people were injured.

Shawari said the earthquake also caused damage to the Mukel district of Badghis province, but details, including casualties, were unclear.

It is reported that earthquakes are frequent in Afghanistan, especially near the Hindu Kush Mountains, which are adjacent to the junction of the Eurasian plate and the Indian plate.