Pakistan/ Afghanistan, Oct 27 (ANI): At least 275 people have been reported to be killed thus far in the massive earthquake that stuck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday (October 27). In Pakistan, 228 people were confirmed dead, while Chitral, Malakand, Para Chinar, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat and Peshawar remained the most affected areas. Pakistan mobilised troops and all military hospitals were put on high alert with the air force also offering support. The army has sent medical workers, tents and rations by road to the northwest town of Dir and by air to Chitral, the press release said, while landslides on the famous Karakorum Highway were being cleared. The initial magnitude 7.5 quake on Monday (October 26) afternoon was followed by seven aftershocks, measuring as high as magnitude 4.8, according to the US Geological Survey. The latest aftershock came just before dawn on Tuesday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered 2,000 tents to be distributed to the affected areas. Military helicopters have also been deployed to transfer injured for treatment. Thousands spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperature, reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, said reports.
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