|Pakistan quake toll climbs to 350
The death toll from the earthquake in southwest Pakistan this week has soared to 350 people and more than 500 are injured, officials said.
The 7.7-magnitude quake hit Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province's remote Awaran district.
More than 300,000 people in six districts have been affected.
“At least 348 people have been confirmed dead and 513 others injured,'' Abdul Latif Kakar, the head of Baluchistan's Provincial Disaster Management Authority, told AFP. “Only in Awaran district, we have confirmed the death of 305 people, while we have received information about 43 dead from the other worst affected district, Kech.’’
National disaster agency officials and local authorities confirmed the toll.
Baluchistan, Pakistan's least developed province, makes up about 45 percent of the country's total area, and Awaran's population is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometers.
The area is rife with separatist and Islamist militants as well as bandits.—AFP