Quake damages 250 Badakhshan houses, blocks highway
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 250 residential houses have been damaged by the strong temblor in northeastern Badakhshan province, triggering a landslide that blocked the Kunduz-Takhar-Badakhshan highway on Monday.
The 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:39pm local time in Kabul and its epicenter was Jurm district of southeastern Badakhshan province.
According to Badakhshan officials, the disaster damaged more than 250 houses in the province.
Sayed Abdullah Humayoun Dehqan, natural disaster management head in Badakhshan, told Pajhwok Afghan News Jurm, Yaftal, Raghestan, Keshm, Teshkan, Durayem and Argo were the worst-affected districts.
Citing initial reports, he said, most of the houses were damaged in Gandom Qol locality of Keshm district and around 100 houses in Yamgan district.
He said their team was assessing the damages caused by the disaster and there was possibility of rising casualties.
Two residential houses were also damaged in Kunduz City and Khan Abad district.
Mir Aqa Etebar, natural disaster management head in Kunduz, said they did not have exact figures for casualties and damages in the province.
He said a landslide triggered by the earthquake blocked the Kunduz-Takhar-Badakhshan highway in Koh Tub locality of Khan Abad district, leaving vehicles stranded. He said efforts were on to reopen the highway.
According to local officials, electricity and internet services have also been affected in Kunduz.
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