Death toll 'surpasses 200' in south Asia earthquake

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, USGS
Death toll 'surpasses 200' in south Asia earthquake

<p>Local media reports suggest more than 200 people have died as a result of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, which has rocked Afghanistan and Pakistan.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">USGS Shakemap showing intensity of shaking for affected areas around M7.5 in Afghanistan <a href="https://t.co/PvPc0NQrxW">https://t.co/PvPc0NQrxW</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZmiBwPbaFR">pic.twitter.com/ZmiBwPbaFR</a></p>— USGS (@USGS) <a href="https://twitter.com/USGS/status/658637250419380229">October 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>In Afghanistan’s Takhar province, a frenzied evacuation at a girls’ school ended in tragedy for at least twelve students, who were reportedly trampled under the feet of others trying to escape the building.</p> <p>The ‘quake struck some 75 kilometres southeast of Feyzabad, near the mountainous Hindu Kush region of northern Afghanistan, shortly after 2pm local time.</p> <p>Communications were brought down in some regions, meaning the death toll is likely to continue rising.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pakistan Red Crescent National Disaster Response Team has been dispatched for AJK, GB and KPK <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/earthquake?src=hash">#earthquake</a> <a href="https://t.co/UHD1cAPiBM">pic.twitter.com/UHD1cAPiBM</a></p>— Pak Red Crescent (@PRC_official) <a href="https://twitter.com/PRC_official/status/658590515009601537">October 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>In Pakistan’s provincial capital Peshawar, at least a hundred people were taken to hospital.</p> <p>The country’s army chief ordered troops to the areas affected by the ‘quake, which reportedly had the biggest impact in the north, but could be felt across the nation.</p> <p>In the capital Islamabad buildings shook and people poured into the streets in a panic.</p> <p>Noor Mohammad’s granddaughter was injured.</p> <p>“I was saying my afternoon prayers when the earthquake happened and the roof and walls of the house collapsed,” he said. “Two children from my family were wounded.”</p> <p>Shockwaves were felt as far away as northern India and Tajikistan, officials say, although there are no reported fatalities.</p> <p>India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has ordered an urgent assessment of any damage. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have asked for an urgent assessment and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan & Pakistan.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/658582987722719232">October 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif & expressed condolences on the loss of lives due to the quake. Offered all possible assistance from India.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/658661455504404480">October 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>