More than 1,000 people killed in Afghanistan earthquake as villagers search for survivors

Rescuers are searching for survivors of an earthquake that leveled entire towns in Afghanistan, killing over 1,000 people.

The 6.3-magnitude quake rocked Herat province on Saturday morning, a desolate terrain dotted with mud brick dwellings.

According to the UN, villagers are still searching for more than 500 missing persons with shovels and their bare hands.

Aid just began to trickle in on Monday due to blocked highways and downed communication links.

There are concerns that the death toll will be far higher.

The quake struck Zindajan, a rural district about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Herat, where “100% of homes are estimated to have been completely destroyed,” according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

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