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A magnitude 5.3 earthquake kills dozens in western Afghanistan

At least 26 people were killed after an earthquake struck western Afghanistan.

US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was at magnitude 5.3 and was followed by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 two hours later.

The death toll included five women and four children. Four other people were injured in the quake, said Baz Mohammad Sarwary, a spokesman for Badghis province. Al Jazeera.

Sarwary reportedly added that some of the victims died after the roofs of their houses collapsed in the Qadis district. He also warned that the death toll could rise as Badghis is mountainous and one of the poorest and most underdeveloped areas in the country.

Mullah Janan Saeqe, head of the Emergency Operations Center at the State Department for Emergency Affairs, confirmed the death toll, adding that more than 700 houses had been damaged in the quake, Al Jazeera reported.

The quake comes as Afghanistan suffers a humanitarian crisis after the Taliban took over after the US withdrawal in August. Since then, the country's international assets and aid have been frozen.

Earlier this month was The Biden administration announced plans to send an additional one $ 308 million in humanitarian aid to the country as it nears economic collapse.

"The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people, and we continue to consider all options available to us. We stand with the people of Afghanistan," National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement when the assistance was announced.

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