Hundreds Dead After Earthquake Hits South Asia

Twelve schoolgirls are among those killed as the 7.5-magnitude tremor is felt by people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Rescue workers carry a girl who was injured after an earthquake in Jalalabad 

More than 300 people have reportedly been killed after an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude struck Afghanistan, with the effects felt hundreds of miles away.

The US Geological Survey put the epicentre south of Feyzabad in northern Afghanistan - but witnesses said the impact was felt as far away as New Delhi, Islamabad and Lahore.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said in a tweet that the earthquake was "the strongest one felt in recent decades".


In the Afghan city of Taloqan, 12 schoolgirls were reportedly killed in a stampede while trying to escape from shaking buildings.

At least 33 people have died in Afghanistan and 228 in Pakistan, according to officials in each country. The Indian-controlled Kashmir region reported two deaths.

 

A man with his belongings walks past the rubble of a house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Mingora

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Source: SkyNews

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