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Earthquake claims 28 lives, hurts 162 in N. Afghanistan

Xinhua, October 27, 2015 Adjust font size:

Up to 28 people have been confirmed dead and 162 others injured in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan, Badakhshan and Takhar provinces in the tremor that rocked parts of the country on Monday and efforts are underway to help the affected people, officials said Tuesday.

In Baghlan province with Pul-e-Khumri as its capital 160 km north of Kabul, at least two persons have been confirmed dead and 31 others injured, director of Natural Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Mohammad Nasir Kohzad said Tuesday.

"Two persons lost their lives and 31 others injured in Baghlan province due to the quake on Monday," Kohzad told Xinhua.

He also added that more than 300 houses were completed destroyed and hundreds others partially damaged.

Rescue teams have been sent to the affected areas to help people, besides surveying the affected areas and providing humanitarian aid to the affected families.

Up to 14 people have been confirmed killed and 71 others injured in Badakhshan province, deputy to provincial government, Gul Ahmad Bedar said, adding hundreds of houses were also destroyed in the tremor.

Meantime, acting governor of Badakhshan province Shah Waliullah Adeb has confirmed that 1,432 houses were destroyed across Badakhshan due to the quake.

Police spokesman for the northern Takhar province, Abdul Khalil Asir in talks with Xinhua confirmed that 12 people, all students of a girl school were killed and 30 others injured in the province due to the quake on Monday.

More than 50 people, according to local officials have been confirmed dead in the eastern province of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the government has been assessing the situation in the quake-hit areas to dispatch humanitarian assistance to the affected families, officials said. Enditem