A terrible toll in Afghan quakes
Western Afghanistan was rocked by 7 earthquakes measuring up to 6.3 magnitude late Saturday morning local time, and the United Nations says that more than 320 people are dead. Local Taliban officials say the death toll is far worse, and they will need help with the rescue and recovery operations. The disaster hit the province of Herat near the Iran border, and while getting verified information from the region is hard, reports say more than 10 villages have been flattened. One resident said, “I can tell you only 50 people are alive in the village of my relatives. More than 400 people were living there until this morning.” It’s been 15 months since Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in 2 decades struck eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 1,000 people. The troubled nation is prone to earthquakes because it’s located on top of several fault lines.
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