A magnitude 7.6 earthquake triggered landslides, toppled an apartment
building and flattened villages of mud-brick homes near the border
between Pakistan and India on Saturday, killing more than 3,000 people
in a wide swath of devastation. At least 1,600 people died in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, said the province's top elected official.
The worst-hit areas were in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, including
Muzaffarabad, the regional capital, and the towns of Bagh and Rawalakot. The districts of Batagram, Balakot, Mansehra, Abbottabad and Patan in northwestern Pakistan also suffered serious damage.
In Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, dozens of injured quake victims and
other patients lay on the lawn of the city hospital as staff with
loudspeakers appealed to the public for food and other relief supplies.
Police in the Pakistani city of Lahore said at least eight people were
injured. Search and rescue teams sifted through the rubble in the hope of finding survivors.