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Earthquake in Badghis kills at least 28

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KABUL: A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck in Qadis district in Badghis on Monday, killing 28 people, wounding several others and destroying more than 800 homes. The earthquake was preceded by a smaller earthquake and was felt in Badghis, Ghor and Herat provinces.

There were fears the death toll could rise as the first rescuers reached some of the mountainous villages struck by the temblors in one of Afghanistan’s most impoverished regions.

The U.S. Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 p.m. and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 p.m. local time. They struck 25 miles east and 31 miles southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

Taliban authorities have called for all-out relief efforts to reach out to thousands of affected families.

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