Several earthquakes in western Afghanistan cause more than 2,530 deaths and 9,240 injuries

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The number of deaths and injuries is expected to increase. Twelve villages in the Zinda Jan district, the epicenter of the tremors, have been completely destroyed. There are more than 2000 people evacuated.

Afghan authorities have confirmed the death of more than 2,530 people and 9,240 injured in the 6.3 magnitude earthquakes and consecutive aftershocks that shook the state of Herat, in the west of the country, yesterday, one of the worst earthquakes recorded in the country in the last decades.

The spokesman for the Afghan Red Crescent (ARCS), Irfanullah Sharafzoy, has indicated that 12 villages in the Zinda Jan district, the epicenter of the tremors, "have been completely destroyed and Afghan Red Crescent personnel are still searching the area and under the rubble."

Meanwhile, residents are being evacuated to safer areas, he said.

It is estimated that About 4,200 people, including 600 families, have been affected and 400 houses were destroyed by the earthquake, with the village of Mahal Wadakah the worst affected, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The document put the number of people who have been displaced to the city of Herat, and capital of the province of the same name, at 2,100, "where they live in abandoned buildings," according to OCHA.

Afghanistan felt on this day at least seven tremors. The first of all, the largest, occurred at 12:11 (+5:30 GMT) at a depth of 14 kilometers and 33 kilometers from the city of Zindah Jan, located in the province of Herat, according to the USGS.

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