Afghanistan, Kabul (PNB NEWS). As many as 26 people were killed after an earthquake struck western Afghanistan, Afghan media reports said.
The deaths occurred after homes collapsed on Monday in the Qadis region of western Badghis province due to a deadly quake.
According to the Geological Survey, the shallow earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3. The earthquake killed 26 people, including five women and four children, according to the government.
The head of the Department of Emergency Operations Center confirmed the death toll and said more than 800 houses were damaged.
The quake struck at a depth of 30 km, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center.
Injured, including women and children, were shifted to a nearby government hospital for medical assistance.
No other identifying information about the victims has been released immediately by the Afghan officials.