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Monday, October 26, 2015

Death Toll at Least 260 | 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake;Afghanistan, Pakistan

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan at 1:39 p.m. local time Monday afternoon (5:09 a.m. EDT), killing at least 263 people.

In northwest Pakistan, rescue official Latifir Rehman said 21 people were killed and 200 wounded across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Another official, Fiaz Khan, said at least eight people were killed and 70 injured in the Bajur tribal region.

    At least five of the dead had been inside their homes when they collapsed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Mohammad Bilal, a rescue official.
    The toll from the sparsely populated Badakhshan province was likely to rise as reports came in from remote areas. The province is often struck by earthquakes, but casualty figures are usually low.
    The province also suffers floods, snowstorms and mudslides, and despite vast mineral deposits is one of Afghanistan's poorest regions. It has recently also been troubled by Taliban-led insurgents, who have used its remote valleys as cover to seize districts as they spread their footprint across the country.

    The earthquake was centered about 28 miles south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan, and about 159 miles north-northeast of the Afghan capital of Kabul.
    Among those killed were 12 girls who were trampled as they attempted to flee from their swaying school.

    Power was cut across much of the Afghan capital, where tremors were felt for around 45 seconds. Houses shook, walls cracked and cars rolled in the street. Officials in the capital could not be immediately reached as telephones appeared to be cut across the country.
    Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that the earthquake was the strongest felt in recent decades.
    He had earlier called an emergency meeting of disaster officials, which was broadcast live on television. He instructed doctors and hospitals to be prepared to receive and treat casualties.
    He said telecommunications have been disrupted in vast parts of the country, preventing officials from getting a concise picture of damage and casualties. He also warned of aftershocks from the earthquake.
    In Pakistan, Zahid Rafiq, an official with the meteorological department, said the quake was felt across the country. In the capital, Islamabad, buildings shook and panicked people poured into the streets, many reciting verses from the Quran.
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