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The Latest: Indian prime minister offers help for quake

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The latest on a powerful earthquake in Afghanistan felt across South Asia (all times local).
   
7:11 p.m.
   
Pakistani state-run media says the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has contacted his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to offer help for the earthquake victims in Pakistan.
   
Pakistan Television says Sharif thanked Modi for the offer but provided no further details.
   
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7:00 p.m.
   
Pakistan's Information Minister Pervez Rashid says Pakistan will not issue any appeals to the international community for help as the country has the required resources to carry out the rescue and relief work. He also thanked neighboring India for offering support to Islamabad for the quake victims.
   
He says Pakistani civil and military authorities were trying their best to reach those affected by the quake.
   
"We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake," he told a news conference.
   
Rashid said Pakistani Minister Nawaz Sharif was returning home after completing his visit to the United States.
   
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6:35 p.m.
   
Pakistani officials say the death toll in their country from the Afghan earthquake has risen to 145, bringing the overall total to at least 180
   
Inayatullah Khan, Pakistan's provincial minister, says the death toll from earthquake in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province alone has has jumped to 121.
   
At least two people were also killed in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province and in Pakistan controlled Kashmir.
   
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6:00 p.m.
   
State-run Pakistani TV says 94 people have died as a result of a powerful earthquake in neighboring Afghanistan, bringing the region-wide toll from the disaster to 129.
   
Afghan officials say 33 people were killed nation-wide in Monday's quake, including 12 schoolgirls who were trampled to death while trying to get out of swaying buildings. Another two people died in India-controlled parts of the disputed Kashmir region.
   
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and occurred at a depth of 212 kilometers (130 miles).
   
Mohammad Hanif, a top official at Pakistan's Meteorological Department, says Monday's quake did not cause massive destruction because the epicenter was so deep.
   
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a tweet Monday afternoon after the earthquake, saying: "I pray for everyone's safety."

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