INTERNATIONAL: Afghanistan, Pakistan rocked by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

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Most of the reported deaths were in Pakistan, authorities say. BBC photo.

Most of the reported deaths were in Pakistan, authorities say. BBC photo.

BBC – Rescue efforts are being stepped up to help those affected by the magnitude-7.5 earthquake which hit remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday.

More than 360 people are known to have died, most of them in Pakistan, and at least 2,000 were injured.

Rescue teams have been sent to remote mountainous areas where the impact of the quake is still unclear.

The Taliban, which controls some areas affected, called on aid agencies “not to hold back” relief supplies.

A spokesman said Taliban fighters had been ordered to help the victims.

In another development, Pakistani officials said at least two glaciers in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountain range had burst and several others had cracked because of the earthquake, raising fears of flash-floods.

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