Pakistan's Death Toll Is On the Rise

Pakistan's 7.7 magnitude earthquake leaves staggering numbers of death and destruction.


Pakistani earthquake survivors sit near their collapsed house Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran. The earthquake has left staggering numbers of fatalities and injuries.

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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck a remote region of Pakistan Tuesday, leaving hundreds dead and many more injured.

About 350 people have been reported injured in the disaster, while many others appear to be inaccessible due to the rubble they are buried beneath.

Communications with the largest district, Awaran, have been nearly impossible due to the earthquake's damage to the area's infrastructure. Some report the death toll in the region to be at least 238. But others report it be higher.

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At least "285 bodies have so far been recovered in the Awaran district," Abdul Rasheed Gogazai, the deputy commissioner of Awaran told Reuters. Almost 50 more bodies were found in the neighboring district of Kech.

"As far as the human eye can see, all the houses here have been flattened," Mohammad Shabir, a journalist reporting from Awaran, reported.

Shabir also recounted dismal scenes of survivors digging numerous graves at a time, to bury their dead.

The quake also created something unusual – an island about 300 feet off the coast of Pakistan in the Arabian Sea. The large mass that emerged after the earthquake measures about 100 feet in diameter and 20 to 30 feet high.

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John Bellini, who works as a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey, claims that the creation of such a large island like this is highly unusual even for earthquake's with as large a magnitude as this one.

An official from Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency told the Chicago Tribune that "this is not a permanent structure, just a body of mud. It will disappear over time. "

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