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Tajikistan earthquake leaves 20,000 homeless

Last Updated: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 14:50

Dushanbe: Officials in Tajikistan say 20,000 people have been left homeless by an earthquake that hit a mountainous region of the impoverished Central Asian nation.
The Emergency Situations and Civil Defence Committee says no deaths have been reported.

The earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.1 occurred Saturday in the Pamir Mountains.

The emergency committee said Sunday that it damaged or destroyed houses in several villages in the Gorno-Badakhshansky region.

Earthquakes are fairly common in the mountains of the former Soviet republic.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 14:50
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