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Earthquake rocks Pakistan and Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan Red Crescent teams are racing to treat the injured after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake last night.

Tuesday October 27, 2015

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A Red Crescent team transports one of the hundreds injured from last night's earthquake. Photo: Pakistan Red Crescent Society

An earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hit Afghanistan last night, with its epicentre 82km southeast of Feyzabad. Its impact was felt across the region.

Reports of casualties and damage are still coming in. More than 200 deaths have so far been reported, with the tally expected to increase as teams reach remote communities. Buildings have been damaged in Kabul and over 400 homes destroyed in Badakshan province.

Large areas of Pakistan were also affected. The Pakistan Red Crescent Society has reported over 600 people injured in Khyber Paktunkhwa, Gilgit-Balitistan and Punjab provinces.

Red Crescent emergency response teams are active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, conducting search-and-rescue missions and assessing damage and needs in affected areas.

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement stands ready to help. Stocks of relief supplies are in place to assist affected families.

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