December 12, 2013
Pakistan quake toll reaches 515
The death toll from an earthquake in southwestern Pakistan has reached 515, a provincial official said today.
Babar Yaqoob, the Chief Secretary of Baluchistan, gave the updated death toll as he toured the destroyed region of Awaran, where the 7.7 magnitude quake struck on Tuesday.
Bodies were still being discovered in houses whose mud walls and wooden roof beams had collapsed.
"My daughter was killed when my house collapsed - I was also inside my house but manage to run out," said 70-year-old Gul Jan. "We are sitting under the scorching sun and need shelter."
In Labash village near Awaran, more than half of the 3,000 houses have collapsed and those still standing have wide cracks.
"Everywhere we go people are asking for tents," legislator Abdul Qadeer Baloch said.