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Afghan officials: More than 20 houses buried in quake; scores feared dead

Afghans stand at the site after an earthquake hit Baghlan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 11, 2012. As many as 100 people are feared dead after an earthquake struck northern Afghanistan this morning. The governor of Baghlan province says the quake triggered a landslide that buried a remote village under mud and rocks. He says rescuers have so far pulled two bodies from the rubble, while the U.N. confirms one other death. The world body says houses were destroyed across five districts in all. (AP Photo/Jawed Basharat)

KABUL - An Afghan provincial governor says more than 20 houses have been buried in a landslide caused by an earthquake Monday in northern Afghanistan. Scores are feared dead.

Baghlan Gov. Abdul Majid says rescuers have so far pulled out two women's bodies from the rubble. They expect that many others were buried inside their houses.

Burka district, scene of the earthquake and landslide, is a remote area about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the provincial capital.

A quake measuring a magnitude 5.4 struck the Hindu Kush region Monday morning, followed by a 5.7 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was felt as far away as the Afghan capital, where it shook buildings.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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