More than 200 dead following south Asia earthquake

More than 200 dead following south Asia earthquake

A powerful earthquake has struck south Asia, killing more than 200 people and injuring hundreds of others in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistani authorities say the 167 people have been confirmed dead in northern Pakistan, while at least 52 others have died in north-east Afghanistan.

In one of the worst incidents, 12 school girls were killed in a stampede as they attempted to flee their school building in a north-east Afghan province.

A spokesperson for Pakistan’s military says another 1000 people have been injured, and its feared the death toll will rise in coming days.

Shock waves from the powerful 7.5 magnitude quake have been felt as far away as New Delhi.

International aid agencies in Afghanistan say a lack of communication is hampering search efforts in remote areas.

“The problem is we just don’t know. A lot of the phone lines are still down,” said Scott Anderson, deputy head of office for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Kabul.

Pakistan has mobilised its troops and put all military hospitals on notice, while the Pakistan Air Force said it was offering full support to the National Disaster Management Authority.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government is ready to assist both nations as needed.

“I have asked for an urgent assessment, and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Mr Modi said on Twitter.

The United States says it is also ready to provide humanitarian assistance.

Image: AFP.

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