Pakistan quake toll reaches 515, insurgents hamper aid efforts
ARAWAN, Pakistan (REUTERS) - The death toll from an earthquake in southwestern Pakistan has reached 515, a provincial official said on Friday, as insurgent attacks threaten relief efforts and survivors complain of lack of shelter from the scorching sun.
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."