Death Toll In Afganistan, Pakistan Earthquake Rises To 311

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Afghanitan-EarthquakeAt least 237 people in Pakistan and 74 in Afghanistan died on Monday’s 7.5 magnitude quake, according to reports. 266 people were also injured in Afghanistan.

Pakistani army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asil Saleem Bajwa said troops and military doctors had reached the quake zone and were engaged in rescue work.

The quake shook buildings in Kabul for up to 45 seconds, creating cracks in walls and shutting down power.

In India, people rushed out of swaying buildings in the Delhi NCR. Massive tremors were also felt at  Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab.

Afghani authorities struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas in Afghanistan near the epicenter, located 73 kilometers (45 miles) south of Fayzabad, the capital of Badakhshan province.

Calling the quake a “tragedy”, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a televised comment from London that he planned to fly to the quake-affected region Tuesday.

Most of the casualties and damage were reported in remote areas in the country’s northwest, he said.

Indian PM Modi had called Sharif to offer help. However, Pakistan Information Minister, said that Pakistan will not issue any appeals to the international community for help as the country has the required resources to carry out the rescue and relief work.

“We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake,” Rashid said, during a press conference.

The quake also triggered panic among people in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Faridabad, Panchkula, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani in India.

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