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A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 strikes South Asia and left nearly 200 dead

VIDEO – Three countries are primarily affected by the earthquake Monday: Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. The assessment is expected to increase.

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 occurred Monday in Afghanistan, causing violent shaking to India and Pakistan . According to the American Institute of Geological USGS, the epicenter would be at Jurm in the remote mountains of Badakhshan in the far northeast of Afghanistan, at a depth of 213.5 kilometers.

Afghanistan: at least 63 dead

At least 63 people died in Afghanistan Monday in the earthquake that struck South Asia, including twelve little girls killed in a stampede in their school in Taloqan, the capital of Takhar, a remote province in the north-east, on the border with Tajikistan. 35 other people were injured .

Elsewhere in the country, 30 people were killed in Kunar (east), where some 1,500 homes were destroyed, 9 persons in Badakhshan, 10 to Nangarhar (east) and both in the province of Baghlan . The first Afghan Minister Abdullah Abdullah spoke of “significant human and material losses” in these three regions including the capital Kabul. He added that “the numbers are not yet known because the communications are down.”

Abib Shah Wali, the governor of Badakhshan, has reported at least 400 houses destroyed in the province, highlighting the difficulties contact area because of damage to communication networks.

At least 152 dead in Pakistan

Pakistan records currently the deadliest balance with 152 deaths , according to the count made from figures provided by local and provincial authorities. But it could rise, warned the head of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government (northwest), the province most affected by the earthquake in the country. “The entire province is on alert, and hospitals are in a state of emergency, but it is too early to provide an assessment,” said Minister Pervez Khattak, adding that his province is “remote and mountainous”. The military confirmed the death of 123 people, and said more than 950 people were injured.

Concerns Kashmir

journalists Some of AFP present in New Delhi, India, reported that the tremors shook buildings in the capital, pushing residents to take to the streets. The quake temporarily disrupted the subway of New Delhi.

On Twitter, the prime minister Narendra Modi says he asked an urgent assessment of the situation, and that he was ready if necessary to help Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In Indian Kashmir, the electricity was cut off in the city of Srinagar, located in the northwest of the region. Although no information reported damage immediately, the mobile phone network was cut and traffic came to rest in the street. The people rushed out in panic, children in arms, fearing a repeat of the massive earthquake that had killed 75,000 people in 2005.

In this region, major flooding had damaged many buildings a year ago, making them even more vulnerable to an earthquake.

(with AFP and Reuters )

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