More than 160 killed as deadly quake rocks South Asia

Residents making their way past the rubble of a house in Mingora in Swat district, Pakistan, after it was damaged by an earthquake yesterday. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region and was felt throughout much of South Asia, k
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Residents making their way past the rubble of a house in Mingora in Swat district, Pakistan, after it was damaged by an earthquake yesterday. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region and was felt throughout much of South Asia, killing more than 160 people, with fears the death toll could rise substantially. Thousands of frightened people rushed into the streets across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the quake rocked a swathe of the subcontinent. The temblor was Afghanistan's strongest in over six decades. It was the first major one in the region since April, when a 7.8-magnitude quake in Nepal killed over 8,000 people and triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2015, with the headline 'More than 160 killed as deadly quake rocks South Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe