Afghanistan’s earthquake the deadliest in decades
The death toll from the earthquakes that struck western Afghanistan on Saturday has been raised to 2,455 people by the Taliban. The big 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck about 40km northwest of the city of Herat, near Afghanistan’s border with Iran, causing significant damage. Reports say 6 villages have been flattened in the mountainous region, and at least 1,320 homes have been damaged or destroyed. On the other side of the country, tensions have flared with Pakistan over plans to deport about 1.7 million undocumented Afghan migrants and refugees – many of whom fled Afghanistan when the Taliban returned to power – after violent incidents this year. Pakistan’s government has given a 1 November deadline for the migrants to leave.
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