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Quake Survivors Spend Third Night Without Shelter In Afghanistan, Pakistan

Residents walk past the rubble of a house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Mingora, Swat on October 26.

Many earthquake survivors in Afghanistan and Pakistan were spending a third night without shelter in plummeting temperatures on October 28, as rescuers struggled to reach remote mountainous regions.

The October 26 quake triggered landslides and levelled thousands of homes in both countries, killing more than 380 people, injuring hundreds more, and forcing thousands of survivors to camp out in the open.

In the worst-hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, desperate victims appealed for blankets, warm clothes, and food.

Afghan and Pakistani authorities warn that the number of casualties could spike with rugged terrain, severed communication lines, and an unstable security situation impeding relief efforts.

Afghanistan's sparsely populated Badakhshan Province was identified as the epicenter of the quake.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa