The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Powerful quake leaves 15 dead, nearly 40 injured in Herat

KABUL: At least 15 people have confirmed dead and forty others wounded in a string of relatively powerful earthquakes in the country’s western province of Herat late on Saturday. Janan Sayeq, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said that the ca sualties happened in Zinda Jan district of the province. He said that the casualties were likely to increase, as some of the wounded people were in critical condition. According to the official, some homes in Farah and Badghis provinces were also partially damaged. Quakes started at about 11am local time, sending crowds of residents and shopkeepers out of buildings in Herat city. Two 6.3 magnitude earthquakes in Afghanistan occurred at around 11am, followed by a 5.5 magnitude aftershock, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said in a report. USGS warned that hundreds of fatalities were possible as well as “potentially widespread damage” as past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response. National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Mullah Janan Sayeq told some media that the initial toll was “preliminary” and he feared it would rise as “in the rural and mountainous areas there have been landslides as well”. Mohammad Taleb Shahid, public health director of Herat province also confirmed that this was not the final figure and that he believes people are buried under the rubble. Herat is considered the cultural capital of Afghanistan and is the official capital of Herat province which is home to an estimated population of 1.9 million. Mashal Noor

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.