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Offers of Help Follow Massive Afghan Quake

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Man clears rubble after part of his house collapsed during an earthquake, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2015.

Man clears rubble after part of his house collapsed during an earthquake, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2015.

Offers of help poured in late Monday after a devastating 7.5 magnitude struck a remote area of northern Afghanistan, killing nearly 300 people there and in neighboring Pakistan, and injuring more than 1,700.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says U.N. agencies are mobilizing and are ready to support government-led relief operations for earthquake victims in Afghanistan and Pakistan, if asked.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said "reports are still coming in, but it is clear that there has been loss of life and serious damage to infrastructure in both countries."

He said Ban sent his deepest condolences to the governments and people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially to those affected by the quake who lost family or friends.

WATCH: Video of earthquake aftermath in Afghanistan

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States stands ready to provide support to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"There is a substantial USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) presence in both of these countries to try to assist their needs," Earnest said. "And there are a number of pre-positioned emergency shelter and relief supply kits in warehouses throughout Afghanistan."

In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and offered all possible support.

“President @AshrafGhani shared with me his initial assessment of the damage. I offered all possible assistance,” Modi said in a tweet.

In Tehran, Iranian state media reported that Iran is ready to dispatch humanitarian aid as well as rescue teams to the quake-stricken areas.

Director of the Iranian Red Crescent Society Amir-Hossein Ziaei said the humanitarian body is ready to send teams to rescue people trapped under rubble and help deal with situations following the quake

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