Twin earthquakes kill at least 22 Afghanistan in poorest areas

By Rek Hanibal Published on January 18, 2022
Twin earthquakes kill at least 22 Afghanistan in poorest areas

According to data from the US Geological Society (USGS), the 4.9 and 5.3 magnitude quakes affected the northwest province of Badghis, where it caused house and building collapse.

A spokesman told four children were among those found dead in the rubble. They added that more than 700 houses had been damaged.

Earthquakes can cause significant damage in Afghanistan, where many dwellings are not as stable or well-built. The USGS captured two earthquakes on Monday, which hit about 50km (31mi) from Qala-e-Naw, the province's capital.

Map of the second quake's location from the US Geological SocietyThe first quake hit in the afternoon, and the second followed about two hours later. Its impact was most felt in the Qadis and Mugur districts.

The Qadis district chief, Mohammad Saleh Purdie, said the quake had knocked down several houses and killed women and children.

He and other officials have warned the death toll could increase as rescuers sift through the rubble in the remote region.

Badghis, in the northwest, borders Turkmenistan. It is considered one of Afghanistan's most undeveloped and poorest regions.

Impoverished Afghanistan is still struggling with a significant debt burden and insufficient supplies, made worse after the Taliban's takeover in August.

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