Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rescuers struggle to reach Pakistan quake victims






Death toll rises to 348 from Pakistan quake




From Sophia Saifi, for CNN


September 26, 2013 — Updated 0537 GMT (1337 HKT)









Pakistani survivors take shelter at a makeshift hospital in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran on Wednesday, September 25. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on September 24 in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Pakistan.Pakistani survivors take shelter at a makeshift hospital in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran on Wednesday, September 25. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on September 24 in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Pakistan.















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STORY HIGHLIGHTS



  • More than 500 people have been injured by the powerful quake, a local official says

  • More than 1,000 soldiers have joined rescue efforts in Balochistan province

  • About 21,000 houses have been destroyed, according to the local official

  • The 7.7-magnitude quake struck Tuesday in a remote area








Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The death toll from the strong earthquake that struck southwestern Pakistan this week has risen to 348, a local official said.


The number of people injured has risen to 513 and about 21,000 houses have been destroyed, said Shehzada Farhat of the disaster management authority in Balochistan, the province where the quake hit.


The 7.7-magnitude earthquake took place Tuesday in a remote, sparsely populated area of Balochistan. Rescue efforts are under way in the heavily hit districts of Awaran and Kech.


Images from the scene have showed some buildings reduced to rubble.


The remoteness of the affected area and damaged communications networks are hindering the rescue operation.


Officials have said some areas remain inaccessible, preventing them from getting a full picture of the scale of the damage.


The Pakistani military has deployed more than 1,000 troops to help with rescue and relief efforts


The troops are entering a difficult region. Militants fighting for a separate state in Balochistan operate out of part of Awaran district, which has been the site of bombings in the past.


Pakistani officials have said the quake was powerful enough to cause the appearance of a small mud island a few kilometers off the country’s coast in the Arabian Sea. But some overseas scientists have questioned whether the island was the direct result of the earthquake.


Measuring the magnitude of earthquakes


CNN’s Saima Mohsin in Islamabad contributed to this report.













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