KABUL, Afghanistan — Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan’s western Badghis Province alongside the border with Turkmenistan on Monday, killing at the very least 22 folks, a neighborhood official mentioned.
There have been fears the demise toll might rise as the primary rescuers reached a few of the distant, mountainous villages struck by the temblors in considered one of Afghanistan’s most impoverished and underdeveloped areas.
Bas Mohammad Sarwari, chief of the province’s tradition and knowledge division, mentioned scores of houses had been destroyed within the quakes.
The U.S. Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 p.m. and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 p.m. native time. They struck 25 miles east and 31 miles southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.
The extra highly effective of the temblors hit the Qadis district within the southern tip of the province, the place nearly all of the injury and deaths occurred, based on Mr. Sarwari. By dusk on Monday, solely 4 villages within the affected areas had been heard from, he mentioned.
“Tomorrow we have now plan to ship rescue groups in addition to help for the affected households,” Mr. Sarwari mentioned.
Mr. Sarwari mentioned the tremors had been felt throughout the province. Some houses in Qala-e-Naw suffered cracks however no main accidents or widespread injury, he added.