At least 26 people were killed in an earthquake in western Afghanistan on Monday.

They were trapped by the collapsing roofs of their homes in western Badghis province, provincial authorities said.

Four children were among the victims in the district of Kadis.

There are also several injured.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the USGS.

The earthquake also caused damage in the Mukr district, a spokesman for the provincial government told the AFP news agency.

Information about possible victims in Mukr is not yet available.

Earthquakes are very common in Afghanistan, particularly in the Hindu Kush where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide.

Since many houses in the poor country are badly built, the tremors often cause serious damage.

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