100 dead, as earthquake hits Afghanistan

100 dead, as earthquake hits Afghanistan

A major earthquake has hit Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and parts of India, with more than 100 killed and early reports suggesting it has caused extensive damage in mountainous areas.

The magnitude 7.5 quake was centred in the province of Badakhshan in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan’s far north, and occurred at a depth of 130 miles (210km). Officials said at least 76 people were known to have been killed in Pakistan and 24 in Afghanistan.

Twelve students were killed while trying to escape from a girls’ school in Taloqan, north-east Afghanistan, and six people died in the eastern province of Nangarhar. A police official in Badakhshan said dozens of houses were destroyed in two remote and sparsely populated rural districts, with some damage reported in Fayzabad. Read more

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