Death toll in Pakistani quake rises to 348

Death toll in Pakistani quake rises to 348

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Pakistani survivors clear the debris of destroyed houses in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran on September 25, 2013. Desperate villagers in southwest Pakistan clawed through the wreckage of their ruined homes , a day after a huge earthquake struck, killing more than 270 people and creating a new island off the coast. AFP PHOTO/Banaras KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 11:37 PM

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani government spokesman says that the death toll from the country's horrific earthquake has risen to 348.

The spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government, Jan Mohammad Bulaidi, said Thursday that another 552 people have been injured.

The massive 7.7 magnitude quake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday.

Rescuers have struggled to reach hard-hit areas in what is the country's largest and most impoverished region.

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