5.9 magnitude earthquake kills 5 in eastern Tajikistan; homes damaged, power supply disrupted

An earthquake in eastern Tajikistan has left at least five people dead according to authorities in the mountainous country.

The magnitude 5.9 quake hit 27km east of Rasht district on Saturday morning.

Tremors were also felt in the capital, Dushanbe, some 165km southwest of the epicentre.

“Dozens of houses were destroyed,” the Tajik committee for emergency situations said.

“Power lines were also partly damaged” in three villages in the district of Tajikabad, where all the victims lived.

The earthquake struck at 7:14am and at a depth of 10km according to the committee and state news agency Khovar.

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon ordered a commission of inquiry headed by the prime minister, Russian media reported.

The country’s officials have departed to the site of the natural disaster to evaluate the damage and coordinate the relief operations.