Hundreds die as 7.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Asia

MORE than 200 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake struck north-east Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, sending shock waves as far as New Delhi

News agencies reported that hundreds more were injured as the magnitude 7.5 quake shook the subcontinent, reducing buildings to rubble and sending terrified people into the streets.

At least 52 people were reported dead in several provinces in Afghanistan, the ABC reported.

In Pakistan, the head of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Agency, Amer Afaq, said the death toll had reached 167.

Pakistan's military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said nearly 1,000 were injured.

In one of the worst incidents, at least 12 girls were killed in a stampede to flee their school building in the north-eastern Afghan province of Takhar, just west of where the tremor's epicentre was located.


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