The death toll from a huge earthquake that struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan went above 18,000 on Sunday, the Pakistani army spokesman said, as rescuers struggled to dig victims from destroyed apartment buildings, schools and mud-brick homes.
Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan told Pakistan's Geo TV network early Sunday that more than 18,000 had been killed.
The United Nations sent emergency coordinators to worst-hit Pakistan to prepare the global body's response. Centered in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, Saturday's magnitude-7.6 quake sparked landslides and razed entire villages.
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