Rescue efforts rush to Pakistan-Afghan quake zone
Oct.27, Kabul: Rescuers have rushed to deliver relief aid to people affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake which hit northern part of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday killing at least 300 people and another 2,000 people were injured.
Thousands of people spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.
A Pakistani disaster management official Latif ur Rehman, told Reuters from the northwestern city of Peshawar that, "Rescue work is ongoing, and tents, blankets and sleeping mats are being provided.”
The National Disaster Management Authority said Pakistan's military and civilian authorities dispatched several helicopters to affected areas to assess damage and run rescue operations.
The total death toll stood at 335 with at least 253 people killed in Pakistan and at least 82 more in Afghanistan, according to official reports from the two countries. More than 2,000 people have been injured.
The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range where the quake was centred.
Landslides in mountainous northern Pakistan over the weekend caused by heavy rain and snow had already left thousands of tourists stranded.
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