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Western Afghanistan has been hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake shortly after a series of deadly earthquakes claimed the lives of approximately 1,000 people. This powerful earthquake occurred near Herat, the capital of Herat province, in the early hours of Wednesday.
Reports on the number of casualties are conflicting, with the public health minister, Qalandar Ebad, informing that at least one person has died, and there are at least 120 injured. The office of Herat’s governor has indicated significant losses in districts adjacent to areas previously devastated by earlier earthquakes.
A landslide has obstructed the main Herat-Torghundi highway, with the earthquake also demolishing all 700 homes in a mountain village.
This recent earthquake follows another 6.3 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks that hit the region on Saturday. Afghan authorities have now revised the death toll from the earthquakes to around 1,000 people, attributing the earlier confusion to logistical challenges and double counting by rescue agencies. Previously, Taliban officials had reported over 2,400 deaths.
Rescue teams and volunteers have been working to rescue survivors and retrieve bodies from the wreckage of the flattened villages since the weekend. Relief efforts have been hindered by the country’s poor infrastructure.
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