UPDATE: More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit in northern Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. There are fears the death toll will rise. The US contacted Pakistani officials and offered its help in alleviating the consequences of the earthquake. “We are in touch with the National Disaster Management Authority and we are ready to provide assistance if requested,” a statement issued by the US embassy in Islamabad said.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and those who lost loved ones as a result of today’s earthquake, in Pakistan and throughout the region,” it added. The UN is prepared to send assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan to participate in their relief efforts, UN Secretary General’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said, according to TASS. “The UN [is]ready to grant aid, if there is a corresponding request,” he said as quoted by TASS. Dujarric also added that the consequences of the quake were “relatively low” due to the “low density of population” in the affected areas. In the meantime, UN agencies have started gathering supplies for the people affected by the quake. FULL REPORT