LIVE: Hundreds feared dead as earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

Published: October 26, 2015
Paramedics treat a man injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Paramedics treat a man injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, sending tremors that were felt in India.

The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

Key updates

–  Over 200 deaths reported from Pakistan with Bajaur being worst hit

–  The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

–  The USGS initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.6 and later to 7.5. Pakistan Met Dept has reported the earthquake as 8.1 on the Richter scale.

–  Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, sending office workers scurrying onto the streets.

–  Phone and electricity lines were disrupted following the earthquake.

Death toll crosses 200

According to Express News, the number of people killed in Pakistan so far has crossed 200.

Private schools to remain closed on Tuesday

Private schools in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and other parts of the country will remain closed on Tuesday owing to fear of aftershocks, All Private Schools Association has announced.

Schools in Peshawar will also remain shut.

Facebook activates ‘safety check’ feature

Following the earthquake, Facebook activated its safety check feature designed to check if people in the earthquake-affected areas were safe.

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We are in touch with NDMA: US Embassy

“We are in touch with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and are ready to provide any assistance,” said a statement issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad on Monday.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and those who lost loved ones throughout the region. We applaud the efforts of those who are working to bring relief to those in need and our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.”

Google launches tool to locate earthquake victims

In the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, Google has launched a person finder allowing individuals to post and search for their families.

Read the full story here.

Earthquake a ‘warning from Allah’: seminaries body

Pakistan’s top religious scholars urged the nation on Monday to turn to God and collectively repent for their sins as the earthquake was a ‘warning’ by God.

Read the full story here.

Indian PM calls Nawaz Sharif, offers assistance for earthquake relief

Death toll now stands at 165 in Pakistan

According to Express News, the number of people killed in Pakistan so far has reached 165.

123 killed so far, says ISPR

Peshawar Corps Commander briefs army chief on damage assessment and army’s response so far as COAS arrives at Corps Headquarter Peshawar, says DG ISPR.

ISPR has stated that the death toll from the earthquake in Pakistan is 123, while over 950 people have been injured. The highest number of casualties reported from Malakand with 74 deaths.

During the briefing, the army chief was informed that the Karakoram Highway has been blocked in five different places, stretching up to five kilometres, owing to landslides. The contingent of Frontier Works Organization has reached the spot and is busy in opening roads.

The army chief directed all army troops to go to the remotest of areas to reach and help victims, according to the ISPR.

Death toll now stands at 140 in Pakistan

There have been reports of 140 death in Pakistan so far, Express News reports.

Six killed in Gilgit-Baltistan

At least six people including two women were killed and 20 others injured in separate incidents across Gilgit – Baltistan in earthquake related incidents on Monday.

More than 60 houses were also damaged by landslides in Fundar valley of Ghizer district in Monday’s quake that shook the mountainous region.

24 killed in Afghanistan

At least 24 people, including 12 schoolgirls, have been killed in Afghanistan so far, Reuters reports.

Video captures Metro Bus track shaking in Rawalpindi

Death toll now stands at 130

There have been reports of 130 deaths in Pakistan, according to Express News. 27 people had been killed in the Bajaur.

Residents of Peshawar city gather on streets in wake of major earthquake on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL / EXPRESS

Karakoram Highway closed off

Following the massive earthquake, Karakoram Highway has been closed off.

President, PM expresses grief over loss of life

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed condolence and grief over the loss of life and property in the calamity.

The president called for provision of best medical facilities for the injured and directed the relevant authorities to take immediate measures to rescue stranded people.

Meanwhile, the premier has directed governor Gilgit-Baltistan to immediately reach Gilgit and take charge of the rescue and relief work.

Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari has also expressed grief over the deaths and damage due to the earthquake.

124 killed, over 1,000 injured in Pakistan

As many as 124 have been reportedly killed and over 1,000 have been injured in Pakistan, Express News reports.

Chitral Police helpline numbers

110 killed in Pakistan

Death toll in Pakistan now stands at 110, Express News reports.

People remove debris of a damaged wall on Ashraf Road in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: EXPRESS / MUHAMMAD IQBAL

Health ministry put all public hospitals on high alert

The federal health ministry has directed concerned provincial health departments to put all public hospitals on high alert and ensure availability of all required medicines, blood bags in hospitals and to cancel leaves of all medical staff, our correspondent Sehrish Wasif reports.

On the other hand the federal minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar has directed the National Health Emergency Response Cell to provide all possible assistance to provincial health departments and relief agencies.

Footage of landslide following the earthquake in Gilgit-Baltistan

‘More than 100 injured in Peshawar’

Arbab Muhammad Asim, district mayor for Peshawar, said more than 100 people had been injured there alone.

“Many houses and buildings have collapsed in the city,” he said.

Dr Muhammad Sadiq, the head of emergency services at a government hospital in Peshawar said the injured were still being brought in.

“Many are still under rubble,” Sadiq told AFP.

Army soldiers observe the damaged wall of a fort used by security forces after an earthquake in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Army chief departs for Peshawar

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif departs for Peshawar to supervise rescue operations in earthquake-hit areas, military’s media wing ISPR says in a statement.

Video shows injured being shifted to hospitals

Sindh put on high alert

Sindh Chief Secretary Muhammad Siddiq Memon has declared “high alert” across the province.

According to a statement, all hospital, rural health centers and dispensaries have been ordered to remain functional round the clock while provincial departments must also develop strong coordination with each other in case of any serious situation.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA – Sindh) along with officials of the health department and local governments has been asked to ensure measures are adopted to reduce intensity in case of a possible calamity.

18 killed in Afghanistan 

Separately 18 people, including 12 schoolgirls, have been killed in Afghanistan so far.

Six people have been killed and 69 others have been injured in Nangahar province on Pak-Afghan border, Najeeb Kamawal, head of the local public hospital told AFP.

Afghan residents examine a damaged house after a powerful earthquake hit the Bazarak district in Panjshir province on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

55 killed, over 600 injured in Pakistan

At least 55 have been killed and over 600 have been injured in Pakistan so far, Express News reports.

K-P chief minister declares emergency in hospitals

K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has declared emergency in K-P hospitals, Express News reports.

The chief minister visited hospitals in Peshawar to oversee the arrangements being made to aid the quake victims. Khattak cancelled leaves of all paramedical staff across the province.

Talking to media outside the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar Khattak told media men that “There are enough medicines and paramedical staff available at all hospitals, however, anyone visiting the hospital should not try to enter the hospital premises unless absolutely necessary.”

A man walks past the rubble of a house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan October 26, 2015. REUTERS

Reception for Geeta cancelled

In view of the massive earthquake in Pakistan and loss of lives, the reception for Geeta at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has been cancelled.

PM sets up crisis cell

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has set up a crisis cell to coordinate with all federal civil military and provincial agencies for damage assessment

K-P PDMA helpline numbers

K-P PDMA has issued the following helpline numbers:




Death toll jumps to 52 in Pakistan

The death toll in Pakistan has jumped to at least 52, officials told AFP.

The toll stood at least 28 in the northern tribal areas, 20 in Peshawar, three in Gilgit-Baltistan and one in Azad Kashmir, various officials told AFP.

A further 17 people were known to have died in Afghanistan.

Three killed in Shangla

Three people, including a woman and a child, were killed as a number of houses collapsed in Shangla district.

A large number of injured people were shifted to district headquarter hospital in Alpuri and Civil Hospitals in Beesham, Chaklesar and Martong areas.

Further, roads were closed for traffic due to landsliding and telephone and electricity transmission systems were disrupted.

50 killed in K-P

There are reports of 50 deaths in K-P so far, while the death toll is expected to rise, Express News reports.

Twitter reports on #earthquake

Read the eyewitness accounts from Twitter here

17 killed in Afghanistan

At least 17 people have been killed in Afghanistan, Reuters reports.

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Video shows intensity of the earthquake in different parts of Pakistan

37 killed in Pakistan

The death toll from the earthquake in Pakistan now stands at 37, Express News reports.

Paramedics treat a girl injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Eight people, including four children, died in Bajaur tribal district along the Afghan border, eight others including four children were killed in Mingora city in Swat Valley, and one woman was killed in Peshawar, according to AFP.

12 schoolgirls killed in Afghan province of Takhar

At least 12 girls were killed after a stampede broke out in their school in the northern Afghan province of Takhar following the earthquake.

“The students rushed to escape the school building in Taluqan city (capital of Takhar), triggering a stampede,” Takhar education department chief Enayat Naweed told AFP.

“Twelve students, all minors, were killed and 35 others were injured.”

‘Tremors caused severe damage’

Tremors have caused a lot of damage in Kalam, Kidam, Manikyal and surrounding areas, Deputy Commissioner Swat Valley Saleem Marwat said. Further, landslides have made these areas inaccessible, our correspondent reports.

Meanwhile, landslides have blocked routes in Hunza, our correspondent Shabbir Mir reports.

Reports of 15 deaths from Pakistan

Death toll from the earthquake now stands at 15 in Pakistan, Express News reports.

Pakistani federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Islamabad on October 26, 2015.

USGS lists earthquake as ‘strong’ to ‘very strong’

Afghan chief executive calls for rescue efforts in Afghanistan

Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah orders provincial authorities to reach out to those in need through emergency response teams.

Rawalpindi Corps Commander flies to AJK, G-B

Rawalpindi Corps Commander has flown to far flung areas of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Balistan for damage assessment, says ISPR.

An eyewitness account

“It was horrifying, I was inside my office and rushed to the exit door,” said Kashif Khan, a cashier at a local bank in Aabpara told The Express Tribune.

Pakistani federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Islamabad on October 26, 2015.

Adnan Abbasi, an employee at a hotel in Islamabad’s G-6, “At first he could not understand what was going on, when I saw everyone running I ran out of the building as well.”

Modi offers assistance to Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pictures showing extent of damage from earthquake

15 injured in Peshawar

According to Rescue 1122, at least 15 people have been injured in Peshawar.

“Most of the injured were hit by bricks falling from buildings while a few jumped out of buildings in panic,” Bilal Fazi, Rescue 1122 spokesperson said.

13 killed in Pakistan

There are reports of at least 13 deaths in Pakistan.

Map showing the epicenter of the earthquake

All military hospitals on high alert: ISPR 

Pakistan Army rescue teams depart for quick assessment of damage and loss of property caused by earthquake, DG ISPR Asim Bajwa tweets.

All military hospitals on high alert and helicopters are on stand by, Bajwa added.

Emergency declared in hospitals across Peshawar

A state of emergency has been declared in hospitals across Peshawar, our correspondent Umer Farooq reports.

Four killed in northwestern Pakistan

Four people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan, according to Reuters.

Gilgit after earthquake. PHOTO: FAROOQ AHMED/EXPRESS

PM Nawaz calls for mobilisation of resources to earthquake-hit areas

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed all federal civil, military and provincial agencies to declare immediate alert and mobilise all resources to ensure security of citizens.

Kashmiri girls stand on a road divider after vacating their office buildings following an earthquake in Srinagar October 26, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Army chief calls for immediate rescue operations

Army chief General Raheel Sharif has directed Pakistan Army to start rescue operations across earthquake-hit areas immediately, the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

Earthquake measured 8.1 on Richter scale: Met dept

However, Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has said the earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale.

Phone lines disrupted in parts of K-P

Following the earthquake, phone lines were disrupted in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Some houses have collapsed in Kaghan Valley, our correspondent Muhammad Sadaqat reports. However, there are no reports of casualties as yet.

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Further, buildings have collapsed in Dabgari Garden and Warsak Road in Peshawar, our correspondent reports. It will take time to confirm the extent of damage or casualties as the most vulnerable areas are improperly constructed buildings.

Tremors felt in Afghanistan, India

The earthquake struck in northeastern Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey said, sending tremors that were felt in India and Pakistan, Reuters reported. Tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Chitral, Mardan and nearby areas. The epicentre of the earthquake was 265km NE of Kabul.

Strong earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of K-P

People rush out of offices in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

Tremors felt for over one minute

According to sources tremors were felt for over one minute. The quake spread panic among people and they rushed out of their homes, however; no loss of life or property has been reported so far.

Men stand on a road divider after vacating their office buildings following an earthquake in Islamabad, Pakistan, October 26, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

No immediate report of injuries

The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

3.5 magnitude earthquake jolts Sindh’s coastal belt

Aftershocks are still being felt

Aftershocks are still being felt and people have been advised to vacate buildings, Express News reported.

People stand on a road after vacating buildings following an earthquake in Srinagar October 26, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Hundreds of people raced from buildings onto the streets in New Delhi while the quake was also felt in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, according to an AFP reporter.

Here is a video of Express News studio in Lahore during the earthquake:

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Oct 26, 2015 - 2:21PM

    Yea just felt it. it lasted for over 3 minutes or so,Recommend

  • Pardeep gill
    Oct 26, 2015 - 2:23PM

    Even in patiala we experienced earthquake for almost 1 minute Recommend

  • arslan ahmed
    Oct 26, 2015 - 2:41PM

    earthquack in lahoreRecommend

  • Oct 26, 2015 - 2:43PM

    An earthquake was also felt in bhakkar that lasted for about 1 mins 30 second. People rushed out of their home in a state of panic. But not reports of any damage so farRecommend

  • Oct 26, 2015 - 2:50PM

    it was started in Afghanistan but scared in India. proforbes.comRecommend

  • Furqan Aijaz
    Oct 26, 2015 - 3:06PM

    Everything was shaking here …..Strong Earthquake….Recommend

  • Vinoth
    Oct 26, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Praying for every one s safety.Recommend

  • Oct 26, 2015 - 3:22PM

    an earthquake occurred harshly in pathankot…..Recommend

  • Bhat Suhail
    Oct 26, 2015 - 3:37PM

    It was a heavy earthquake, also felt in kashmir valley.Recommend

  • shahid
    Oct 26, 2015 - 3:44PM

    An earthquake was also felt in SHAHKOT that lasted for about 2 mins 30 second but not reports of any damages.Recommend

  • Oct 26, 2015 - 3:52PM

    May Allah keep safe all of us.

    Little Riders PakistanRecommend

  • Sumit Sharma
    Oct 26, 2015 - 3:59PM

    God..never witnessed such tremors in my life, my knees are still shivering… hope people in India, Pakistan remain safe and secured …Recommend

  • ali
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:02PM

    Never experienced such an earthquake! :(Recommend

  • Knight Khan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:04PM

    May Allah Pak keep every individual safe & sound. Ameen.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:16PM

    Please tell me why the newscaster in the video is not evacuating instead reporting the earthquake as it happens. What if the light fell on his head and injured him! Recommend

  • Farhan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:28PM

    All these earthquakes are coming because Allah is naraz wih Pakistan due to increasing fahashi and behayee. So many young people having girlfriend and boyfriend on facebook. May Allah have His mercy on us and guide these people because of which Pakistan is facing so many calamaties.Recommend

  • Sayed Aasim
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:30PM

    We felt it in Sialkot, having experienced the one in early 2000 this did not feel very strong compared to it, but the duration seemed much longer than the previous one. Hope Allah swt keeps everybody safe..Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:50PM

    Sincere prayers and best wishes for all victims and rescue teams. Recommend

  • pir Mushtaq
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:55PM

    Earthquake felt in Trehgam kup kmr for 1 and a half minute shakes thousands of house
    s. But Alhumdu lillah no loss of life so for.Recommend

  • Batala
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:57PM

    Quake terror felt at Batala PunjabRecommend

  • Batalvi
    Oct 26, 2015 - 5:02PM

    Nature spew it anger in the form of ” EarthQuake”. Condolence to families who are suffering.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Oct 26, 2015 - 5:25PM

    This is just a trailer for the elite class & those living in glass houses. But the poor have nothing to loose. They are already moving around as a dead soul under present economic conditions, so, this is a blessing in disguise for the poor. This comment may sound a bit pessimistic, but that is what we deserve when people are becoming richer by the day & poor becoming poorer, because they know they cannot fight the present conditions, nor do they have any one to lead in support of them, so their only savior is Allah swt. And this is their answer to their prayers. May Allah swt protect the vulnerable poor people of Pakistan. Recommend

  • pk007
    Oct 26, 2015 - 6:11PM

    Stop using concrete. Usually that causes more damage after being struck by earthquakes.Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 26, 2015 - 6:24PM

    Pakistan win over England is a big victory which has been marred by earthquake to be honest. I being in office was glued to crickinfo where I read about the earthquake and since then I have been visiting CNN/ Dawn/ Tribune and News and felt so sad about those who are killed and injured in my beloved Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sensible
    Oct 26, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Its not sit on internet or infront of TV’s to follow the News ..Go out there and Help ppl..You can save alot of ppl.Recommend

  • Tryst
    Oct 26, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Heard on the news that over 100 killed in Pakistan. Our thoughts are with you, brothers. Keep well and stay safe. We in India stand ready to help in any way we can.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 6:54PM

    My heart goes out to the victims of this horrific earth quack. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Similar enthusiasm as depicted by nation in 2005 earthquake is needed to cope with disaster.

    PM should immediately form earthquake relief cell and fund must be donated by all.

    All govt and private employees should donate at least one day salary to relief fund.

    All civilian adminstration involved in relief efforts should be put under army control to cope with disaster.Recommend

    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:03PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. We are praying for the safety of all those who are still waiting to receive help. Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who has lost someone in this unfortunate incident. The reports state that several hundred people have been admitted to hospitals across the country. We wish a full recovery to everyone who has been injured. We stand with the nation of Pakistan during this tragedy, and hope they find the strength to get through this difficult time.


  • TiffinBox
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:24PM


    “All these earthquakes are coming because Allah is naraz wih Pakistan due to increasing fahashi and behayee”.

    According to your twisted logic there never was an earthquake before 1947 in this region… right?. Can you at least give your religious belief a break when people are dying.Recommend

  • ubaid
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:58PM

    Earthquake couse lot of damage in dir upper specially in di Kohistan tehsil kalkot As many as 4 killed and 10 injured in dir upperRecommend

  • Zahid Mahmood
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:59PM

    Islamic Legend says that “peoples is awakened so that the peoples quit bad deeds”Recommend

  • Vivek
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:06PM

    My heart felt condolences for Pakistani and Afgan brothers,Namo or Narendra modi is ready to help you,but you people will accept it ?Recommend

  • Vinod chauhan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:08PM

    Maybe Hindu Kush giving back some karma.Recommend

  • Dastagir Fikree
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:48PM

    Are earthquakes warning from God? Have such occurrences anything to do with the acts of man? Can they be cautionary notice or advice against vice, including oppressing the weak; against oppression and rape of women and/or children, against shortchanging in weights and measures? Against cheating of any sort? Against broken promises? Readers, please enlighten. Thanks.Recommend

  • Asadullah Mahmood
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:47PM

    @ishrat salim:
    Not just the poor but talk about all oppressed. See Dastagir Fikree’s comment.Recommend

  • brar
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:21PM

    @Farhan: Then why was an earthquake in Nepal, Uttranchal, Gujrat ?Recommend

  • Néelofar Rani
    Oct 28, 2015 - 8:19AM


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