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The Afghan authorities reported at least 26 deaths and several wounded in an earthquake that occurred on Monday 17 January 2022 in the west of the country.

An Earthquake made at least 26 dead and several wounded on Monday 17 January 2022 in the West of Afghanistan , announced the local authorities.

Among the victims are five women and four children, Baz Mohammad Sarwary said, spokesman for the province of Badghis.

Employed Houses

The victims perished in the collapse of their homes in Qadis district, in the province of Badghis, said the governor of the district, Mohammad Saleh Purdel.

The earthquake was a magnitude of 5.3 according to the American Sismological Institute (USGS), which initially reported a magnitude of 5.6.

"There have also been wounded in the earthquake," clarified the Afghan manager.

Frequent earthquakes in the country

Afghanistan is frequently struck by earthquakes, particularly in the mountainous chain of the Hindu Kush which is at the junction between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

These earthquakes can be particularly pest due to the low resistance of buildings in Afghanistan.

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