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Another powerful earthquake hits Afghanistan, More than 2,000 Died

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Another quake hits Afghanistan: More than 2,000 had died across Herat after the earlier quakes. Though the quakes killed and injured thousands, authorities had not given  a breakdown of casualties.

Another quake hits Afghanistan: Information on damage from the latest tremor was not immediately available despite the havoc in villages in the region’s dusty hills besides rubble and funerals.

Herat, 11 Oct (City Times): Another quake hits Afghanistan: Less than a week after a quake killed several people and flattened whole villages in Herat province of Afghanistan, one more strong earthquake shook parts of western Afghanistan on Wednesday.

6.3-magnitude earthquake, 28 km outside Herat

The latest 6.3-magnitude earthquake was about 28 km outside Herat, the capital city, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicentre of Saturday’s quake was about 40 km northwest of the provincial capital, and several aftershocks have been strong, including another 6.3 magnitude on Saturday.

Over 2000 killed across Herat region in earlier quakes

More than 2,000 had died across Herat after the earlier quakes. Though the quakes killed and injured thousands, authorities had not given  a breakdown of casualties.

information on damage from the latest tremor was not immediately available despite the havoc in villages in the region’s dusty hills besides rubble and funerals.

In Naib Rafi, a village of about 2,500 residents, people said almost no one was still alive besides men who were working outside when the quake struck.

Survivors dig trenches for mass burials

Survivors worked with excavators to dig long trenches for mass burials. On a barren field in Zinda Jan, a bulldozer removed mounds of earth to clear space for a long row of graves.

It is very difficult to find a family member from a destroyed house, said Mir Agha of the city of Herat, who had joined hundreds of volunteers to help the locals.

Taliban say 2000 houses in 20 villages destroyed

Taliban have said nearly 2,000 houses in 20 villages were destroyed. The area hit by the quakes has just one government-run hospital.

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