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(CNN) — More than 2,000 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck western Afghanistan, the Taliban said Sunday, as the nation reels from another quake at a time of deep economic crisis.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Herat city in the western Herat province – the third largest in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mojahid put the number killed at 2,053 people, with more 1,240 people hurt and 1,320 houses completely or partially destroyed. There are fears the toll could rise further.

Rescue teams have arrived in the Herat province, and foods, water, medicines and clothes have also been sent to the site, Mojahid added.

The initial quake was also felt in neighboring provinces of Badghis and Farah and was followed by multiple aftershocks.

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