Earthquake Shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan, India; At Least 72 Dead

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 72 people there and in neighboring Pakistan.

“More [deaths] are expected,” the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chief Minister Pervez Khattak told state TV about three hours after the incident. At least 48 deaths were confirmed there, along with 554 injuries.

The victims also included around 12 girls who died while trying to flee their school in Afghanistan, a official told NBC News. Some of them were crushed in a stampede. Twelve more deaths were confirmed throughout the country.

Landslides were reported and some of the affected regions could not immediately be contacted, authorities said.

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