Naperville area groups are waiting for word on how they can help victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Pakistan and Afghanistan the past week.

Shoaib Khadri, secretary of the Islamic Center of Naperville, said prayers are going out to families in the region affected by the magnitude-7.5 earthquake. “We have had prayers for the victims in our daily congregational prayers,” he said.

The quake was centered in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province that borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China — but caused extensive damage in Pakistan’s northwest, specifically in the Swat Valley and towns of Chitral and Shangla in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The temblor killed 396 people, including 272 in Pakistan, 121 in Afghanistan and three on the Indian side of the disputed Kashmir region. It also damaged 35,492 homes in Pakistan.

 

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