Death toll in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake rises to 300

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Rescue efforts are being stepped up to help those affected by the magnitude-7.5 earthquake which hit remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday, the BBC reports.

At least 300 people are known to have died, and about 2,000 were injured.

Rescue teams have been sent to remote mountainous areas where the effects of the quake are still unclear.

The quake’s focus was deep, reducing its impact. Victims included 12 Afghan schoolgirls killed in a stampede as they tried to leave their classes.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in a televised address, urged those living in affected areas to help the rescue effort.

The Taliban, which controls parts of the province, called on aid agencies “not to hold back” relief supplies and ordered its fighters to help the victims.

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