Balochistan quake toll jumps to 825


The death toll from two powerful earthquakes that devastated an impoverished region of Balochistan has climbed to 825, the National Disaster Management Authority said on Tuesday.

More than 30 villages of 20,000 homes were flattened across 15,400 square miles of the remote Balochistan region.

Dozens of bodies are being recovered everyday from under the mud-houses whose walls and beams had been reduced to dust and rubble.

Conditions were desperate with many survivors going without food, water and shelter, having lost everything in the quake.

So far, no relief camp had been set up Mashkay, Gashgor and Malar areas where the quack victims were waiting for the government’s help under the open sky.

And to top it all, Baloch rebel militant group’s attacks on security forces disturb the rescue operation almost everyday.

According to eth PDMA, rescue teams would be sent to the affected areas only after security clearance.

The quake is Pakistan;s deadliest since the Kashmir tremor of 2005 which killed 73,000. The toll is expected to increase as rescue teams dig through the rubble.