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At least one dead and 35 injured after two consecutive earthquakes in western Afghanistan

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Kabul, Oct 15 (EFE).- At least one person died and 35 were injured after two consecutive earthquakes, of magnitude 6.5 and 5.4, that hit western Afghanistan this Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey ( USGS), in an area where since Saturday of last week more than a thousand people have died as a result of a series of seismic movements.

“According to initial information, one person has died and another 35 have been injured in today’s earthquakes,” the spokesman for the governor of Herat province, Nisar Ahmad Elyas, told EFE.

A first earthquake of magnitude 6.5 was recorded in the province of Herat around eight in the morning local time (3:30 GMT), at a depth of 6.3 kilometers and about 30 kilometers north of the capital, according to the USGS.

Barely half an hour later, a second earthquake of magnitude 5.4 again hit the province about 10 kilometers north of Herat.

This Afghan region was shaken last Saturday by several earthquakes of up to 6.3 magnitude, and successive aftershocks of considerable intensity left about 20 villages destroyed.

Although the interim Taliban government initially estimated more than 2,400 dead and 2,000 injured, the Ministry of Disaster Management this week lowered the death toll to about a thousand.

The weak structure of the Taliban’s de facto government and the disorganization of the agencies have complicated the rescue and distribution of humanitarian aid tasks, with many residents of Herat camped outdoors for fear of new aftershocks and with limited access to sources of food. running water or food. EFE

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