More than 200 killed in huge quake in Pakistan
KHUZDAR, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan's military on Wednesday rushed to reach the scene of a huge earthquake that killed at least 208 people and toppled many mud-built homes when it hit the country's south with enough force to create a new island off the coast.
The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province's Awaran district - a dirt-poor expanse of land that is roughly the size of Wales.
"The number of dead from the earthquake has reached 208 now. The injured are over 382," Mr Asad Gilani, one of the province's most senior administration officials, told AFP.
"The rescue teams are working to recover dead bodies and injured, but our priority is to shift injured to hospitals as soon as possible," he said.