KABUL, Afghanistan — Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan’s western Badghis Province alongside the border with Turkmenistan on Monday, killing at the least 22 individuals, an area official stated.

There have been fears the demise toll may rise as the primary rescuers reached among the distant, mountainous villages struck by the temblors in certainly one of Afghanistan’s most impoverished and underdeveloped areas.

Bas Mohammad Sarwari, chief of the province’s tradition and knowledge division, stated scores of properties had been destroyed within the quakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 p.m. and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 p.m. native time. They struck 25 miles east and 31 miles southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

The extra highly effective of the temblors hit the Qadis district within the southern tip of the province, the place nearly all of the harm and deaths occurred, based on Mr. Sarwari. By dusk on Monday, solely 4 villages within the affected areas had been heard from, he stated.

“Tomorrow we’ve plan to ship rescue groups in addition to help for the affected households,” Mr. Sarwari stated.

Mr. Sarwari stated the tremors have been felt throughout the province. Some properties in Qala-e-Naw suffered cracks however no main accidents or widespread harm, he added.