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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits northwest of Afghanistan’s Herat city

A shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked western Afghanistan on Sunday, the US Geological Survey mentioned, the most recent to hit a area the place total villages have been flattened and over 1,000 killed by a collection of tremors this month.

The quake hit at 0336 GMT, 33 kilometres (20 miles) from Herat metropolis, the capital of the western province of the identical title, the USGS mentioned.

On 7 October, one other magnitude 6.3 quake and eight highly effective aftershocks jolted the identical a part of Herat, toppling swathes of rural houses and killing over 1,000 folks and wounding a whole lot extra.

Days later, with 1000’s of terrified residents left with out shelter and volunteers digging for survivors, one other tremor of the identical depth killed one particular person and injured 130 others.

Greater than 90 per cent of these killed within the quakes have been ladies and kids, UNICEF mentioned on Wednesday.

The United Nations mentioned greater than 12,000 folks have been affected by the tremors.

Offering shelter on a big scale will probably be a problem for Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities, who seized energy in August 2021, and have fractious relations with worldwide help organisations.

Most houses in rural Afghanistan are made from mud and constructed round wood help poles, with little in the best way of metal or concrete reinforcement.

Multi-generational prolonged households typically stay beneath the identical roof, that means severe earthquakes can devastate communities.

Afghanistan is already struggling a dire humanitarian disaster, with the widespread withdrawal of overseas help following the Taliban’s return to energy.

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