Update: The death toll from the earthquake has reached 214 in Pakistan, according to BBC. Local news channels reported 231 dead and over a thousand injured. At least 52 have died in Afghanistan provinces of Nangarhar, Badakhshan and Kunar.
A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake has struck in northern Afghanistan and has been felt in a large area from northern India to Pakistan with scores of people killed across the region and a death toll that’s still climbing.
The US Geological Survey put the epicentre of Monday’s quake near Jarm in Afghanistan’s northeast, 250km from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213km.
A dozen Afghan schoolgirls have been killed in a stampede as they tried to flee their school’s building following the powerful earthquake. The female students were on the 4th floor of their school in the Takhar province, west of the epicentre of the 7.5 quake. As the major tremor was felt they attempted to flee, resulting in a stampede that killed 12 of them and injured 25 others. Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, said another 30 girls have been taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan.
Sunnatullah Timour, a spokesman for the governor of the Afghan province of Takhar, told the BBC that as well as the fatalities at the girls’ school, another 25 students were injured in the stampede.
Deaths and injuries have also been reported in the Afghan provinces of Nangarhar, Badakhshan and Kunar, with at least 35 killed in total.
In Pakistan, the military has said 123 people have been confirmed dead in the north of the country.
Most of those fatalities were in the Malakand region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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