Rescue teams step up operations after the massive earthquake that hit South Asia. Paul Chapman reports.
South Asia quake rescue steps up
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Most of the known casualties of Monday’s 7.5 magnitude quake in South Asia appear to be in Pakistan.
At least 228 of the 275 people known to have died were in Pakistan’s northern areas.
The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said it was treating at least 170 injured on Tuesday.
(SOUNDBITE)(Urdu) GUL AHMED, INJURED MAN, SAYING:
“I was working at a rice shop on New Road in Swat. As I walked out of there the building collapsed and both my legs were trapped under rubble. There were two or three other men with me. I don’t know what happened to them. Later I arrived here in an ambulance in the night.”
These were the scenes in the Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
It’s one of the hardest-hit areas.
Early on Tuesday extra teams of workers were preparing to join the search and rescue effort.
The initial quake was followed by seven aftershocks.
More than 50 people have been reported dead in Afghanistan where hundreds of homes have been destroyed.
Afghanistan’s president is urging the country to pull together to help those affected.
Rescue and relief efforts are likely to be complicated by an escalating Taliban insurgency.
The quake was also felt in parts of India.