Jan 17, 2022 - World

Earthquake kills at least 26 in western Afghanistan

An earthquake struck western Afghanistan on Monday — killing at least 26 people, officials said, per AFP.

Details: The 5.3 magnitude quake caused fatalities in the Qadis district in the western province of Badghis after roofs collapsed, province spokesperson Baz Mohammad Sarwary told the news agency.

The big picture: The quake comes as Afghanistan faces a humanitarian crisis, with rapidly dwindling food and fuel reserves.

  • The Taliban, which reclaimed the country last August after the U.S. ended its military presence there, lacks resources to respond.
  • The Biden administration announced last week it would send a further $308 million-plus in humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan — bringing the total U.S. aid for the country and Afghan refugees to nearly $782 million since October.
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