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Live: Over 300 people dead after devastating earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.7, with its epicentre at Hindukush region near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, hit parts of North India and Pakistan.

Anshu Lal October 27, 2015 16:28:51 IST
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Live: Over 300 people dead after devastating earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

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19:40 (ist)

Death toll in Pakistan now at 130

At least 130 people have reportedly died in Pakistan alone due to the devastating earthquake, reported Dawn.

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif left for Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to supervise rescue operations in earthquake-hit areas, military's media wing ISPR says in a statement, reported PTI.

The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is now 121.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has directed the district administration to utilise rescue and relief funds and emergency has been declared in all government hospitals and food and necessary items were dispatched to the affected areas.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has directed all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies to declare an immediate alert and mobilise all resources to ensure the security of citizens of Pakistan. All agencies have been directed to move out with their resources.

The Pakistan PM also told the Gilgit Baltistan governor to mobilise tribal administration immediately for relief, rescue and damage assessment in the affected regions.

On the directions of the premier, a round-the-clock crisis cell has also been formed to coordinate with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for damage assessment and rescue and relief efforts.

The premier also directed the governor to immediately reach Gilgit and take charge of rescue and relief efforts in the region.

19:02 (ist)

Death toll in Pakistan crosses 100

According to Dawn, over 100 people have died across Pakistan, with 96 people dead in the Khyber Pankhtunkhwa and FATA region, 5 in Punjab province, one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and three in Gilgit Baltistan.

17:46 (ist)

65-year-old woman in J&K dies of cardiac arrest due to panic

A 65-year-old woman in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, died of of a heart attack caused by panic after the earthquake, reported Associated Press.

“A lady has died due to heart attack when the earthquake occurred,” DNA quoted Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hasan Samoon as saying.

The report also said that other parts of Kashmir were damaged due to the tremor. The main fly-over near Lal Chowk area in Srinagar developed cracks. People evacacuated all shops, offices and buildings and sat on the roadside after the earthquake.

17:07 (ist)

Death toll in Pakistan climbs to 52

According to Dawn, at least 52 people have died across Pakistan due to the earthquake.

The report quoted provincial information minister Mushtaw Ghani as saying that at least 18 people had been killed in Peshawar city.

An eight-year-old child was killed in Kallar Kahar. A 14-year-old child died in Islamgarh area in Pakistan, according to the report.

Women and children were also reportedly killed in Swat and Sargodha. A child died after the roof of a house collapsed in Rawalpindi. Another child died after the wall of a school collapsed in Chakwal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.

The death toll is expected to rise further.

16:33 (ist)

Death toll in Pakistan rises to 12

At least 12 people were killed in Pakistan due to the earthquake.

An official also told Reuters that injured people were being rushed to Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital.

"We received 50 injured and more are being shifted. The injured suffered multiple injuries due to building collapse," Reuters quoted hospital spokesman Syed Jamil Shah as saying.

16:10 (ist)

Two Army personnel injured in J&K

Two Army personnel were injured when their bunker collapsed under the impact of the tremor at Sopore, 55 km from Srinagar, in north Kashmir Baramulla district, officials said.

They said the bunker collapsed inside the Ganjoo house where an army unit is camping, resulting in injuries to two soldiers who were evacuated to hospital.

The flyover at Jehangir Chowk in the heart of Srinagar also developed crack forcing the authorities to suspend traffic over it, the officials said.

The tremors also caused disruption in telecom services for a while, reports from Chandigarh said.

Cots, chairs, ceiling fans, lanterns and other objects swayed due to the impact.

"I was sitting on a chair and suddenly the ground started shaking and I almost fell down," said Ritu Nagra, a resident of Amritsar.

"I thought I was unwell as suddenly I felt my head spinning and my heart beat going up," said Sudhir Gupta, a resident of Chandigarh.

Many people said that their cellphones stopped functioning immediately after the tremors.

Similar reports were received from across Punjab including Amritsar, Phagwara, Jalandhar, Patiala, Faridkot, Gurdaspur, Ludhiana and Mohali.

According to residents, animals and birds, especially dogs started behaving abnormally.

The quake reminded of the horror of the masive temblor that struck India-Pakistan region on 8 October, 2005. Over 1,400 people were killed in India. Baramulla district was the worst hit. Almost all the structures were flattened in the frontier Tehsil of Uri. - PTI

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Oct 27, 2015 - 16:29 (IST)

Over 300 people killed

Rescuers were struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as officials said the combined death toll from the previous day's earthquake rose to 311.

According to Afghan and Pakistani officials, 237 people died in Pakistan and 74 in Afghanistan in the earthquake.

More than 2,000 people were injured in Monday's temblor, which also damaged nearly 2,500 homes in Pakistan, officials said. - Associated Press

Oct 27, 2015 - 07:37 (IST)

280 dead as powerful 7.5 earthquake magnitude rocks Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

At least 228 people were killed in Pakistan, with more than 1,000 injured, while Afghan officials reported 33 dead and more than 200 injured. Officials expected the casualty toll to rise as they reached the remote areas. Authorities struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas in Afghanistan near the epicenter, located 73 kilometres south of Fayzabad, the capital of Badakhshan province.

Oct 26, 2015 - 21:31 (IST)

Earthquake kills 3 people in India

Two elderly women died of cardiac arrest in Kashmir Valley apparently due to panic triggered by the earthquake, which also killed a youth in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ten people, including two army soldiers, were injured in the earthquake. Nearly three dozen buildings and public infrastructure were also damaged due to it in Kashmir Valley.

Sixty-five year old Zoona Begum of Mohalla Mir Sahab in old town Baramulla suffered a massive heart attack as she was rushing towards a safer place when the earthquake hit around 2:40 pm, police said.

Another elderly woman died in similar circumstances in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district, a police official said.

Fatima, 80, of Ahangar Mohalla was pronounced dead by doctors as she was taken to district hospital Anantnag, the official said.

In Reasi district, a 16-year-old youth was killed while his father received serious injuries after they were hit by shooting stones triggered by earthquake.

"A 16-year-old boy identified as Mohammed Ashraf died on the spot when he was hit on head by shooting stones triggered by the earthquake in remote Bathodi village of Reasi district," a police officer said in Jammu.

Read the full PTI report here.

Oct 26, 2015 - 21:03 (IST)

PM Modi calls up Nawaz Sharif

Oct 26, 2015 - 19:54 (IST)

Death toll climbs to 180

Pakistani officials say the death toll in their country from the Afghan earthquake has risen to 145, bringing the overall total to at least 180. - Associated Press

Oct 26, 2015 - 19:42 (IST)

Mild tremors also felt in Gujarat

Mild tremors were felt in some parts of Gujarat after the powerful earthquake struck Afghanistan.

The tremors were of very low intensity and didn't cause any damage in the state, said BK Rastogi, Director of Gandhiangar-based Institute of Seismological Research.

"The epicentre of the earthquake having magnitude of 7.5 on Richter scale was recorded in Hindukush region of Afghanistan at around 2.40 pm. Due to such a powerful quake, mild tremors were felt in most parts of Gujarat for almost one minute during the same time," said Rastogi.

"However, since the tremors were of very low intensity, these caused no damage here. Occupants of high-rise buildings felt the buildings shaking. But occupants of lower floors may not have even noticed it," he said. - PTI

Oct 26, 2015 - 19:40 (IST)

Death toll in Pakistan now at 130

At least 130 people have reportedly died in Pakistan alone due to the devastating earthquake, reported Dawn.

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif left for Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to supervise rescue operations in earthquake-hit areas, military's media wing ISPR says in a statement, reported PTI.

The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is now 121.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has directed the district administration to utilise rescue and relief funds and emergency has been declared in all government hospitals and food and necessary items were dispatched to the affected areas.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has directed all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies to declare an immediate alert and mobilise all resources to ensure the security of citizens of Pakistan. All agencies have been directed to move out with their resources.

The Pakistan PM also told the Gilgit Baltistan governor to mobilise tribal administration immediately for relief, rescue and damage assessment in the affected regions.

On the directions of the premier, a round-the-clock crisis cell has also been formed to coordinate with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for damage assessment and rescue and relief efforts.

The premier also directed the governor to immediately reach Gilgit and take charge of rescue and relief efforts in the region.

Oct 26, 2015 - 19:32 (IST)

Death toll over 130

According to Associated Press, Afghan officials said that 33 people have died after the earthquake. This brings the total death toll to over 130.

Oct 26, 2015 - 19:21 (IST)

PM Modi speaks to J&K CM, Afghan President

Oct 26, 2015 - 19:09 (IST)

An official from the Centre for Seismology, responding to a question by CNN-IBN on why the frequency of earthquakes in South Asia had increased, said, "Indian plate is colliding with Asian plate...It is normal for this region."

A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.7, with its epicentre at Hindukush region near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, hit parts of North India and Pakistan on Monday.

Live Over 300 people dead after devastating earthquake hits Afghanistan Pakistan

Representational image. Reuters

The earthquake epicentred in the Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan struck at around 2.40 pm, sending ripples across several states like Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, reported PTI.

People frantically rushed out of their houses and offices as the ground shook. In the national capital, metro sevrices were briefly halted.

In Srinagar, residents said they saw the buildings "swinging", remindig them of the devastating quake in 2005.

The Delhi Metro had been temporarily halted after the tremors were felt in the region.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre lay 45 km south-southwest of Jarm in Afghanistan, around 240 km from capital Kabul. It put the intensity at 7.7 on the Richter scale. USGS also said that the depth of the earthquake was 213 km.

The Pakistani meteorological department put the intensity even higher - at 8.1, reported IANS.

Phone lines are down in Srinagar, according to TV reports. Reports have also said that the tremors felt across north India lasted for more than 5 minutes.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted on the earthquake, saying India was ready to provide full support to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted, asking people to remain calm. He also said that disaster management teams have been activated.

A senior metro official also said that metro services have resumed although trains are running at a very slow pace.

"Metro services were put on hold from 2.40 pm to 2.55 pm in view of the earthquake. Thereafter, train services were brought to normal routine after ensuring safety check of the structures," the official said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DG OP Singh also spoke to CNN-IBN and said 24 teams have been put on alert to deal with the crisis.

"We are trying to contact the officials in J&K. We have alerted battalions in Bhatinda and Ghaziabad. 24 teams are on alert. We'll immediately respond to this crisis," Sigh said.

On the situation in Kashmir, Singh said that the power is completely down there. "We are still trying to get in touch with those people," he said.

(With agency inputs)

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