A man and his children move rubble from their house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Dour Bala Village in Torgar district of north Pakistan, October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
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As the death toll in the massive earthquake that struck the remote Hindu Kush mountains soared above 300, officials on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border warned on Tuesday that casualty figures will likely leap once relief workers return from villages so remote they can only be accessed on foot or by donkey.Rescuers in both countries were struggling to reach quake-stricken regions as officials said the combined death toll from Monday's earthquake rose to 376 .The earthquake destroyed more than 7,600 homes across Afghanistan and injured 558 people, according to a statement from President Ashraf Ghani's office after he had met with disaster management officials.It often has big earthquakes, but casualty figures are usually low because it is so sparsely populated, with fewer than 1 million people.More than 2,000 people were injured in Monday's temblor, which also damaged more than 4,000 homes in Pakistan, officials said.A magnitude-7.6 quake hit Pakistan on Oct. 8, 2005, killing more than 80,000 people and leaving more than 3 million homeless, most of them in the northwest of the country and in the divided region of Kashmir.Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the earthquake-hit town of Shangla in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where at least 49 people were killed and 80 injured.
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