Hun­dreds die as earth­quake rocks Afghanistan, Pak­istan

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

More than 200 peo­ple have died, mostly in Pak­istan, af­ter a mag­ni­tude-7.5 earth­quake hit north-east­ern Afghanistan.

Tremors from the quake were also felt in north­ern In­dia and Ta­jik­istan.

At least 12 of the vic­tims were Afghan school­girls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their build­ing.

The earth­quake was cen­tred in the moun­tain­ous Hindu Kush re­gion, 76km (45 miles) south of Faiz­abad, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey re­ported.

Build­ings have been evac­u­ated and communications dis­rupted in many ar­eas.

How­ever as the earth­quake orig­i­nated more than 200km (125 miles) be­low the earth’s sur­face, the dam­age is less than that which a sim­i­larly pow­er­ful but shal­low tremor might cause.

In Pak­istan, the mil­i­tary said 123 peo­ple were known to have died in the north of the coun­try.

Most of those fa­tal­i­ties were in the Malakand re­gion of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince.

Pak­istan’s Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif is cut­ting short a visit abroad and re­turn­ing home.

Deaths and in­juries have also been re­ported in the Afghan prov­inces of Nan­garhar, Badakhshan and Ku­nar, with at least 35 killed in to­tal.

In­jured peo­ple were brought to a hospi­tal in Jalal­abad, Afghanistan

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