Live : 7.5-magnitutude earthquake strikes Punjab – India, Pakistan, Afghanistan (Thousands Feared Dead)
An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, sending tremors that were felt in India.
The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
18 killed in Afghanistan
Separately 18 people, including 12 schoolgirls, have been killed in Afghanistan so far.
Six people have been killed and 69 others have been injured in Nangahar province on Pak-Afghan border, Najeeb Kamawal, head of the local public hospital told AFP.
55 killed, over 600 injured in Pakistan
At least 55 have been killed and over 600 have been injured in Pakistan so far, Express News reports.
K-P chief minister declares emergency in hospitals
K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has declared emergency in K-P hospitals, Express News reports.
The chief minister visited hospitals in Peshawar to oversee the arrangements being made to aid the quake victims. Khattak cancelled leaves of all paramedical staff across the province.
Talking to media outside the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar Khattak told media men that “There are enough medicines and paramedical staff available at all hospitals, however, anyone visiting the hospital should not try to enter the hospital premises unless absolutely necessary.”
Reception for Geeta cancelled
In view of the massive earthquake in Pakistan and loss of lives, the reception for Geeta at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has been cancelled.
PM sets up crisis cell
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has set up a crisis cell to coordinate with all federal civil military and provincial agencies for damage assessment
K-P PDMA helpline numbers
K-P PDMA has issued the following helpline numbers:
Death toll jumps to 52 in Pakistan
The death toll in Pakistan has jumped to at least 52, officials told AFP.
The toll stood at least 28 in the northern tribal areas, 20 in Peshawar, three in Gilgit-Baltistan and one in Azad Kashmir, various officials told AFP.
A further 17 people were known to have died in Afghanistan.
Three killed in Shangla
Three people, including a woman and a child, were killed as a number of houses collapsed in Shangla district.
A large number of injured people were shifted to district headquarter hospital in Alpuri and Civil Hospitals in Beesham, Chaklesar and Martong areas.
Further, roads were closed for traffic due to landsliding and telephone and electricity transmission systems were disrupted.
50 killed in K-P
There are reports of 50 deaths in K-P so far, while the death toll is expected to rise, Express News reports.
Twitter reports on #earthquake
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17 killed in Afghanistan
At least 17 people have been killed in Afghanistan, Reuters reports.
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Video shows intensity of the earthquake in different parts of Pakistan
37 killed in Pakistan