Earthquake death toll reaches 300 in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Earthquake death toll reaches 300 in Pakistan and Afghanistan
A Pakistani young man examines a house damaged caused by massive earthquake in Mingora, the main town of Swat valley. Picture: AP

Rescuers are struggling to reach earthquake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as the combined death toll rose above 300.

According to Afghan and Pakistani officials, 237 people died in Pakistan and 74 in Afghanistan in the magnitude-7.5 quake.

It was centred deep beneath the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan’s sparsely populated Badakhshan province bordering Pakistan, Tajikistan and China.

Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Afghan minister for disaster management, said 266 people were also injured in his country.

In Pakistan, authorities say they are struggling to reach remote mountainous quake-affected areas.

The army used helicopters today to transport supplies to the victims and military engineers were trying to restore communication lines disrupted by landslides triggered by the earthquake.

Thousands of homes have also been damaged.

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