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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.