A magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocked Pakistan and India, killing at least 1,300 people. More than 3,000 people are feared dead and the numbers could rise higher. The earthquake stuck the region at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday-its epicenter was 60 miles north-northeast of Pakistan's capital of Islamabad. The quake triggered landslides, closing highways and hampering rescuers efforts to access remote communities. Aftershocks of magnitude 6.3 and 5.4 also rattled the region.
Thousands of homes and other structures have been destroyed. So far, most of the deaths are in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, where over 1,000 were killed.
Episcopal Relief and Development staff has been in contact with Anglican and ecumenical partners in the affected areas of Pakistan and India. ERD stands ready to respond and provide emergency assistance immediately as needs are identified.
Please pray for people affected by this disaster.
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