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Heavy Casualties As Strong Earthquake Rocks South Asia

One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Afghanistan in decades rocked the country's north on October 26, leaving heavy casualties and damage in its wake across South Asia.

More than 30 people were reported killed in Afghanistan, while more than 130 were reported dead in neighboring Pakistan. Casualties are expected to rise as rescuers, in some cases hampered by mudslides following recent heavy rains in the region, reach remote areas.

Twelve Afghan schoolgirls trying to flee their school in Takhar Province were among those who died as a result of the magnitude 7.5 quake.

The earthquake, which hit Afghanistan's northern Hindu Kush region lasted at least one minute and shook buildings in Kabul, Islamabad, and Delhi and sent thousands of people rushing into the streets.

A boy receives medical treatment at a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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A boy receives medical treatment at a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

A young girl who was injured in the earthquake awaits treatment in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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A young girl who was injured in the earthquake awaits treatment in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Pakistani paramedics treat an injured girl at a hospital in Peshawar.
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Pakistani paramedics treat an injured girl at a hospital in Peshawar.

A child receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar.
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A child receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar.

Rescue workers move an injured girl at a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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Rescue workers move an injured girl at a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

A man wheels the body of a woman killed in the earthquake at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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A man wheels the body of a woman killed in the earthquake at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.

A man removes debris from his home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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A man removes debris from his home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Rescue workers carry an injured child in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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Rescue workers carry an injured child in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

People remove debris from a rickshaw in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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People remove debris from a rickshaw in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Pakistani residents in Lower Dir search under the rubble of a house for survivors.
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Pakistani residents in Lower Dir search under the rubble of a house for survivors.

A landslide in Pakistan's northern Hunza Valley following the earthquake
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A landslide in Pakistan's northern Hunza Valley following the earthquake

People in Peshawar react to the quake.
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People in Peshawar react to the quake.

Pakistani paramedics treat an injured man in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Pakistani paramedics treat an injured man in Peshawar, Pakistan.

People injured in the earthquake receive medical treatment outside a hospital in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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People injured in the earthquake receive medical treatment outside a hospital in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

An injured man waits to receive medical treatment at a hospital in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan.
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An injured man waits to receive medical treatment at a hospital in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan.

Rescue workers move an injured man at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Rescue workers move an injured man at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Kashmiri girls stand on a road divider after vacating their office buildings following the earthquake in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri girls stand on a road divider after vacating their office buildings following the earthquake in Srinagar.

People stand on a road after vacating buildings in Srinagar.
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People stand on a road after vacating buildings in Srinagar.

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