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Pakistan Earthquake Leaves More Than 200 Dead

Post  Panda on Wed 25 Sep - 9:59

Pakistan Earthquake Leaves More Than 200 DeadThe rural area hit by the quake has only minimal infrastructure, making the evacuation and treatment of injured more difficult.9:03am UK, Wednesday 25 September 2013 Survivors of the quake in Awaran walk through the rubble
The epicentre was in southwestern Pakistan
EmailAt least 210 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan, causing hundreds of homes to collapse.

The earthquake, which centred on the thinly populated province of Balochistan, was felt across south Asia.

It destroyed around 90% of homes, many of them built from mud, and damaged communications.

The 7.7 magnitude quake was so strong it caused a small island to emerge just off the coastline in the Arabian Sea.

There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties, as rescue workers tried to reach those trapped beneath the rubble.

The rubble of a collapsed house in Awaran

Zahid bin Maqsood, the additional home secretary of Balochistan, said 210 people were confirmed dead and 375 injured.

However, officials speaking to the AFP news agency said 238 deaths had been confirmed so far, with 208 in the worst affected district of Awaran alone.

Deputy commissioner Abdul Rasheed Gogazai said at least 370 people had been injured in the region.

The Pakistan army deployed helicopters and 1,000 soldiers to help with the rescue effort in the huge, earthquake-prone province of deserts and rugged mountains bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

A survivor sips tea as he contemplates the damage

The area has only minimal infrastructure, making the evacuation and treatment of those injured by the earthquake more difficult.

Jan Muhammad Buledi, a spokesman for the Balochistan government, said: "We are seriously lacking medical facilities and there is no space to treat injured people in the local hospitals."

A convoy of 60 vehicles carrying food, medicines, tents and paramedics is due to arrive in Balochistan after leaving the city of Karachi.

The aid will be distributed among the 300,000 people thought to have been affected by the earthquake.

They include around 60,000 who live within 50km (31 miles) of the epicentre, southwest of Khuzdar, according to the UN disaster agency
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