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2 earthquakes in remote area of ​​western Afghanistan kill at least 22

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan's western Badghis province along the border with Turkmenistan on Monday, killing at least 22 people, a local official said.

There were fears that the death toll could rise as the first rescuers reached some of the remote, mountainous villages hit by the storm in one of Afghanistan's most impoverished and underdeveloped regions.

Bas Mohammad Sarwari, head of the province's culture and information department, said dozens of homes had been destroyed in the quakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. 14.00 and another, a strength of 4.9 kl. 16.00 local time. They hit 25 miles east and 51 miles southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

The strongest of the storms hit the Qadis district in the southern tip of the province, where most of the damage and deaths occurred, according to Mr. Sarwari. By nightfall on Monday, only four villages in the affected areas had been heard, he said.

"Tomorrow we have a plan to send rescue teams as well as assistance to the affected families," said Mr. Sarwari.

Mr. Sarwari said the quakes could be felt across the province. Some homes in Qala-e-Naw suffered cracks, but no major damage or extensive damage, he added.

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